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Haley and the tsingy landscape of the Ankarana National Park.

On the Ground in Madagascar with Haley Randell

  I’m a certified redhead from suburban Connecticut with parents from meat-and-potatoes, small-town Ohio. There was no way I could have ever known what to expect from my journey as a researcher working in Madagascar. Although it’s been almost two years since I started – and ended – my adventure in Madagascar, people still ask me what it was like…and I still don’t know how to answer. It was breathtaking, depressing, difficult, inspiring, and lonely; the emotional roller coaster was pretty all-encompassing. On […]

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A Coquerel's sifaka in Madagascar.

On the Ground in Madagascar with Shawn Lehman

Studying Biogeography: Where Lemurs Live and Why After years of undertaking surveys of lemurs in Madagascar, I literally missed the forest for the trees, as the saying goes. I’d spent considerable time and energy walking along freshly cut trails penetrating deep into the remaining forests on this island. Along the way, my research team and I saw – and were amazed by – the incredible diversity of plants and animals in the forest, many of which are found nowhere else […]

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Alison Clausen

On the Ground in Madagascar with Alison Clausen, Country Director for WCS

When did you first get interested in working with lemurs and conservation, and what motivated you to undertake this work? I first visited Madagascar in 2003 and immediately fell in love with the country and its wildlife, including, of course, the lemurs. One of my strongest memories from that first trip is waking up to the eerie howling of the Indri indri in Andasibe Special Reserve. It’s a sound that still gives me goose bumps! It’s amazing to hear that and […]

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Kim meeting with a village elder in a rural village while doing research.

On the Ground in Madagascar with Kim Reuter

The capture of live lemurs was so under-quantified I could only find one paper that had explicitly studied it…given that lemurs are considered one of the most endangered vertebrates in the world and that we spend millions of dollars a year protecting them, I felt it was important to figure out some of these details regarding this threat. Whenever people ask me why I originally started working in Madagascar, I don’t usually have a good answer except to say that I […]

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