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Watching Crowned Sifaka in the Amboloando Forest with IMPACT Madagascar

About the Amboloando Forest I conducted my research in the Amboloando Forest in collaboration with the non-profit organization IMPACT Madagascar. The forest is situated in the Dabolava commune of the Miandrivazo district, in the Menabe region. If you follow the national road 34, it is approximately 359 km west of Antananarivo. From the Dabolava commune, it takes a 2-hour walk to reach the forest. Objective of My Visit I aimed to review the results of support and assistance in agriculture […]

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A Summer of Learning about Lemurs Across Madagascar

Earlier this year, we asked for your support to help us bring conservation education supplies to Madagascar. Thanks to your donations, this project was a success! Our volunteers Lynne and Coral delivered lemur education kits to four areas of Madagascar, and held lemur education days with two communities! Celebrating Lemurs and World Lemur Day with Children in Mariarano, Northwest Madagascar This summer, Lemur Conservation Network volunteer and PhD researcher Coral Chell travelled to a community managed forest site, called the […]

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Mamy and Planet Madagascar work closely with local communities living near Ankarafantsika National Park. Photo: Whitley Awards.

Whitley Award Success for Mamy Razafitsalama and Planet Madagascar!

Conservation in Madagascar got a big boost this week, as Mamy Razafitsalama of Planet Madagascar won a Whitley Fund for Nature award! The Lemur Conservation Network congratulates Mamy for this great honor. This award is a testament to his hard work and his dedication to lemur conservation in Madagascar. In this blog post, learn more about the award, about Mamy’s work with Planet Madagascar, and how he plans to use the prize money to support conservation. About the Whitley Fund […]

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Red-bellied lemur adult with infant. Photo: Velontsara Jean Baptiste.

Learn About the 2022 World Lemur Day Logo with Dr. Stacey Tecot!

The 2022 World Lemur Festival and World Lemur Day logo features an illustration of the Red Bellied Lemur and the Rufous Mouse Lemur. We spoke to scientist Dr. Stacey Tecot to learn more about these two iconic lemur species. Can you tell us about our two featured species? Where are they found, what do they eat, and are they endangered? Red Bellied Lemur The red-bellied lemurs are a medium-sized lemur species best known for their chestnut brown coat colour, and […]

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Ellie Dobbs in Madagascar with a chameleon

On the Ground in Madagascar with Ellie Dobbs: Researching Aye-Aye Taboos

We interview Ellie Dobbs, a Masters student in Conservation Biology at the University of Kent. Her research studies the variations in perceptions and taboos about aye-ayes in Madagascar. Her undergraduate dissertation is titled “The Aye-Aye Enigma: Analysing the variation in attitudes, beliefs, and customary institutions pertaining to the aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis)”. She aimed to deduce existing patterns in attitudes and highlight drivers for these attitudes and perceptions. What is your background, and how did you find yourself studying the lemurs […]

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Exploring the Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic: How Resilient Were Conservation Organisations in Madagascar?

In this post, we learn from Susan Lawrance and Dr. Giuseppe Donati about their recent research on the impact of Covid-19 on conservation projects in Madagascar. Susan Lawrance is from the UK and has just completed an MSc in Primate Conservation. She would like to thank LCN members for giving their time to participate in this study. Dr Giuseppe Donati is a Reader in Primatology. Over the last twenty years he has conducted research on behaviour, ecology, and conservation of […]

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Image of Rhombophryne vaventy - the first frog species Mark described

On the Ground in Madagascar with Dr. Mark D. Scherz

Can you describe your role as an evolutionary biologist? What animals do you study? I study the evolution of biological diversity, which includes everything from the process of speciation to the evolution of form and function. I do this mostly in the reptiles and amphibians of Madagascar. These groups are incredibly diverse, and, because the island has been isolated for such a long time, are also globally unique. This makes the herpetofauna (reptiles and amphibians) of Madagascar an excellent study […]

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