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View of Ranomafana National Park from Centre Val Bio. Photo by Lynne Venart.

Leading Conservation with Pascal Rabeson of Centre ValBio

Dr. Pascal Rabeson is Centre Val Bio’s National Director, and originally from Toamasina, Madagascar. He has worked with Dr. Patricia Wright in Ranomafana on and off since 1995, most recently rejoining Centre ValBio in 2003. A key part of CVB’s Senior Management Team, Pascal now serves as the National Director at CVB headquarters in Ranomafana National Park. Can you tell me about your background? I grew up in Madagascar and earned my primary, secondary and high school education here. After I passed […]

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Dr. Schwitzer in the field

Interview with Christoph Schwitzer: Part 2

Tell me a bit about the threats to biodiversity in Sahamalaza and the programs that respond to those threats? As everywhere, the main threat is habitat loss. In Sahamalaza, it’s slash-and-burn agriculture for rice cultivation. There’s the ever increasing threat of poaching as well. It was first primarily a threat for the blue-eyed black lemur because they are bigger and cathemeral so you could hunt them during the day. However, since we’ve been out there it’s become more and more […]

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Christoph and Nora

Interview with Christoph Schwitzer: Part 1

How did you get started working with lemurs in Madagascar? I was in the right room at the right time. I had just finished my PhD on lemurs in zoos. My PhD supervisor happened to be the vice president of an association that was conducting lemur research and conservation for lemurs in Madagascar. Cologne Zoo, where I did my PhD, was one of the founding members of the zoo consortium. Because its director was my PhD supervisor, I was taking […]

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Conservation fusion

Leading Conservation with Susie McQuire from Conservation Fusion

How did you get started working with lemurs and conservation in Madagascar? Since I was a little girl, I have always had a passion for animals, the environment, and wanting to make a difference. I worked at the Omaha Zoo for 13 years and it was during that time that I had the opportunity to work with lemurs in captivity as a zookeeper. Then, I transferred to the Conservation and Research center where I worked with lemur DNA and mentored […]

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Beautiful sunset in Madagascar. Photo by Mal Mitchell from Azafady.

Leading Conservation with Mal Mitchell from Azafady

Can you give me some background on you, your experience in Madagascar, and your work with Azafady? Very broadly, my background is in campaigning and holistic education, with a key focus on psychology. I got hooked on lemurs and Madagascar in late 1999, and started working with Azafady in 2000. My focus with them is project development, fundraising, networking, donor relations and research – I lead the small project development team in London, coordinating with the bigger team on the […]

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Charlie Welch

Leading Conservation with Charlie Welch from the Duke Lemur Center

  How did your projects begin in Madagascar? In 1987, Andrea and I went to Madagascar to do a brief study to see how we could help rehabilitate the Parc Ivoloina. At the time, Madagascar was opening up to Western Countries and the Duke Lemur Center was finally able to bring back lemurs to reinforce the species we already had and to work with new ones like the Aye Aye. The Water and Forest Department, the permitting agency and our […]

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Leading Conservation with Mamy Razafitsalama

  Mamy Razafitsalama developed his love for lemurs growing up in a small village on the East coast of Madagascar. Unfortunately unlike Mamy, many Malagasy people are unaware of the benefits lemurs have on healthy forest ecosystems. Local communities often burn their natural resources as a means of survival in the face of widespread poverty.  They burn grasses to increase cattle grazing areas. This practice frequently leads to forest fires that destroy critical lemur habitat. Mamy leads conservation as Planet Madagascar’s […]

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