The lemur end-game: scientists propose ambitious plan to save the world’s most imperiled mammal family

Due to the wonderful idiosyncrasies of evolution, there is one country on Earth that houses 20 percent of the world’s primates. More astounding still, every single one of these primates—an entire distinct family in fact—are found no-where else. The country is, of course, Madagascar and the primates in question are, of course, lemurs. But the far-flung island of Madagascar, once a safe haven for wild evolutionary experiments, has become an ecological nightmare. Overpopulation, deep poverty, political instability, slash-and-burn agriculture, illegal logging for lucrative woods, and a booming bushmeat trade has placed 94 percent of the world’s lemurs under threat of extinction, making this the most imperiled mammal group on the planet. But, in order to stem a rapid march toward extinction, conservationists today publicized an emergency three year plan to safeguard 30 important lemur forests in the journal Science.

Rainforest news review for 2013

2013 was full of major developments in efforts to understand and protect the world’s tropical rainforests. The following is a review of some of the major tropical forest-related news stories for the year. As a review, this post will not cover everythin…

Bloodsucking flies help scientists identify rare, hard-to-find mammals

Last year scientists released a study that is likely to revolutionize how conservationists track elusive species. Researchers extracted the recently sucked blood of terrestrial leeches in Vietnam’s remote Annamite Mountains and looked at the DNA of wha…

The year in rainforests

2012 was another year of mixed news for the world’s tropical forests. This is a look at some of the most significant tropical rainforest-related news stories for 2012. There were many other important stories in 2012 and some were undoubtedly overlooked…

Helping a school, one desk at a time

Stepping onto the cracked cement courtyard, dust swirling through the air, I couldn’t help smiling at the cheeky schoolchildren yelling, “Mbola tsara!” in our direction. Greeting the headmaster in a series of French and English quips (aided by a volunteer Malagasy translator), we set to work touring the mammoth 1,043 student facility located just blocks

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7 facts you need to know about taxi rides in Madagascar

Once you’re tired of walking around a city, as a tourist, you may be tempted to have a taxi-ride… So let’s try to give you some tips in order to make it a memorable and funny ride The following isn’t about the”agreed” taxis parking outside big hotels and at the airport , we’re talking here

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Fulfilling Your Vacationing Dreams with The Island: Madagascar

One of the ideal tourist vacations place to visit in the world is the Indian Ocean Island of Madagascar. It will be dreams come true if you plan a vacation in the vast Island, where there are many places to

Explore Madagascar The Island by taking a sailing holiday

Madagascar is located in the Indian Ocean and is the 4th largest island in the world. Largely cut off from the major continents, many species of animals and plants can only be found here. It is a great area to

Adventure and Relaxation Awaits You With a Vacation in Madagascar

If you need a thrilling destination for your next vacation, try Madagascar. The sweet smells of ylang ylang and vanilla make each stroll down the beach a memory you will treasure for the rest of your life. Few countries offer

Madagascar: Perfect for Adventure Holidays for Singles

This is a guest post by Ben Scriber A famous explorer once recounted how magnificent and remarkable forms of life can be found with every step in Madagascar. While this may have been back in 1771, not much has changed

Hidden Gems of Madagascar: Holiday Inspirations

Considering Madagascar has become synonymous with its – admittedly impressive- lemur population, the island off the south-east coast of Africa has so much more to offer the tourist and backpacker alike than these furry little natives. Be it adventure fuelled

Golden Orb Spiders of Madagascar Weave Malagasy Motifs

Madagascar: the home of thousands of endemic species of flora and fauna, flourishing in the island that has been isolated for over 70 million years. As one of the largest islands in the world, Madagascar homes about 5% of our

Helping a school, one desk at a time

Stepping onto the cracked cement courtyard, dust swirling through the air, I couldn’t help smiling at the cheeky schoolchildren yelling, “Mbola tsara!” in our direction. Greeting the headmaster in a series of French and English quips (aided by a volunteer

Write for madafan.com, free publicity for your Madagascar tourism activity while getting published on different networks

Madafan always wanted to be a platform where anyone who travelled or lived in Madagascar can share their experience, their recommendations (as well as the “avoid it” places/activities) that Madafan readers ought to know, though setting-up a vibrant community of 

Ampefy: A close gateway from Antananarivo

I recently came back to Madagascar for the first time in a long while. The excitement of long overdue reunion with family and friends aside, I was anxious to reacquaint myself with the peculiar atmosphere and scent of the region