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Support Conservation Education in Four Areas of Madagascar this Summer

You can help communities across Madagascar learn about lemurs this summer!

Two of our volunteers at the Lemur Conservation Network will be traveling in Madagascar, and they hope to deliver lemur education kits to eight organizations in four regions. Coral Chell will be in Madagascar for her PhD research with the University of Toronto, and Lynne Venart will be traveling across the island to write blog posts and take photos for LCN, and enjoy some lemur watching!

Both volunteers are covering the costs of their lodging and transportation. Can you help us cover the costs of the education supplies?

Kids playing lemur card games from LCN.

What is included in a lemur education kit from the Lemur Conservation Network?

Each lemur education kit includes:

  • Two boxes of lemur cards (seen above) with instructions in Malagasy, French, and English for games to play with and without cards
  • Two sets of Ako series books with stories about lemurs in Malagasy and English, from the Lemur Conservation Foundation (6 books each)
  • Coloring sheets (13 lemur species)
  • Mask-making supplies, including mask templates for 5 lemur species, popsicle sticks, masking tape, and scissors
  • Colored pencils and crayons
  • Canvas bag to hold the supplies

Additionally, we hope to raise enough funds to purchase a small projector to help artist Jessie Jordan create murals with schools near Masoala National Park.

Coloring sheets

Where are the volunteers traveling in Madagascar and what organizations will they reach?

Ankarafantsika and Northwest Madagascar

Coral’s PhD research studies coquerel’s sifakas, so she will be near Ankarafantsika National Park for six months, starting in late May! She will be based at a community managed forest called the Mariarano Forest Complex, which is about 40km from Mahajanga. The high school in the Mariarano village is the only one in the region, so kids come from across the area to study here.

Coral will be delivering education kits for Planet Madagascar and the VOI (or community association) at Mariarano (Tanteraka is the local name).

Donate to help Coral bring education supplies to Madagascar!

Coquerel's sifaka in Ankarafantsika National Park. Photo: Travis Steffens.

Masoala National Park

Lynne will be spending a week in June exploring Masoala National Park in northeastern Madagsacar with the Masoala Forest Lodge. Both the Masoala Forest Lodge and the nearby Arol Ecolodge work regularly with local schools and communities by holding fun educational activities. Lynne plans to deliver education kits to both lodges and bring a small projector to artist Jessie Jordan who is currently working for Masoala Forest Lodge. Jessie will soon be working with schools in the area to paint murals, and this projector will be a great help for those projects!

Red ruffed lemur infant yawning. Red ruffed lemurs only live in northeast Madagascar! Photo: David Haring.

Andasibe-Mantadia National Park and the Eastern Rainforests

Lynne will also be spending a few days in Andasibe-Mantadia in eastern Madagascar, hoping to see indris and the eastern rainforests.  She plans to meet with Association Mitsinjo and the Andasibe Guides Association to deliver education kits to help their work with communities here.

Association Mitsinjo is located in the Commune of Andasibe, in eastern Madagascar.

Fort Dauphin and Tsitongambarika Protected Area

For a week in July, Lynne will be in southern Madagascar near Fort Dauphin, spending three days in Tsitongambarika, a relatively new reserve managed by Asity Madagascar. We can’t wait to see her photos and learn what this new protected area has to offer for adventurous tourists! While in Fort Dauphin, she’s also excited to meet with LCN member SEED Madagascar to share our education kits.

Donate to help Lynne bring education supplies to Madagascar!

The critically endangered Madame Fleurette’s sportive lemur at Tsitongambarika Protected Area near Fort Dauphin. Photo: Marius Andriamorasata.

What funds are needed for these lemur education supplies?

Total cost: $800

Thanks to our volunteers for covering the cost of transportation and lodging as they deliver these supplies, to SOS Save Our Species for the lemur card games, and to the Lemur Conservation Foundation for providing the Ako books!

The rest of the supplies cost $800:

  • $25: Paper and printing of coloring sheets
  • $50: Card stock and printing mask templates
  • $125: Popsicle sticks, masking tape, and scissors for masks
  • $200: Colored pencils and crayons
  • $225: Small projector to help create murals with schools near Masoala National Park
  • $175: Canvas bags to hold supplies for these 8 organizations and more
Kids learn how to play lemur card games with LCN volunteer, Misa.

Donate to help Coral and Lynne bring education supplies to 8 organizations in Madagascar!