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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Looking for a Web Community Manager for two travel destinations in Madagascar

So the Integrated Growth Pole Project (AKA Projet PIC) in charge of the promotion of tourism activities in Taolagnaro and Nosy-Be is seeking for a “web community officer” so as to give more online visibility to those two destinations. Those

3 reasons why I don’t like the next Dreamworks Madagascar animation

The third of animation of the Madagascar serie produced by Dreamworks will soon hit theatres, and while I’m pretty sure it’s gonna be another hit, I just can’t help feeling sad about it (and it’s not because we, Malagasy people,

Jean Emilien:seeking for help for having attendees plant trees as entry fees to his concert

How come such a Malagasy artist who has received a worldwide recognition is barely known by Malagasy? This guy a toured the world with his music, played with the big guys (opend Carlos Santana’s concert in Paris), is a world

Audrey de Fondaumière

Audrey has presented the youtaa.com project. So it’s presented a facebook-like web platform but designed specifically for businesses. My understanding is that it intends to be an alibaba.com – like but targeting Africa businesses. This platform will be a place

Anja Besson TEDx talk: the intruder?

Anja Besson is a designer who participates into TEDxTana that took place in Antananarivo - Madagascar. Learn more about what "ideas worth sharing" she talked about.

Alice Plane from Ashoka: on preimplementation mode for Madagascar

The difficult part about presenting people who work for entities is to find the fine line between the person and what the organisation do. Alice Plane first: Born in Lille in 1984, she has a lot of interest for Russia

Adriaan Mol: less charity, more business

The interesting point with Adriaan is that he's been working inside donor-funded projects too (and for a long time), however, he is convinced that aid doesn't work, that it ends as soon as the donors' money is other and that

TEDxAntananarivo the panel list is out: mind-blowing

The TEDXantananarivo event on November 27th 2010 gathers extraordinary people for extraordinary conversations around the "Time to go green" theme. Check the panelist, it's awesome.

A new beginning …

A year and a half down the road, one can say that madafan.com has stepped up from an initiative that initially sparkled from a frustration to a more targeted Madagascar travel and conservation platform. This slowly started with few posts

1800 km off-road on 4WD in the South of Madagascar

I once asked Madafan readers about making Madagascar a destination for extreme sports, not only have I found answers from my internet-wanderings and from the discussions I had with few of them, but one exciting experience is soon going to

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