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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Category Archives: Professional corner

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

Furcifer quest in Ibity – antsirabe

Interested in rural tourism in Antsirabe - Madagascar where you can trek and find the endemic furcifer chameleon? Wander around Ibity in Antsirabe.Another madagascar travel tip for you.

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.

On a photo quest for humpback whales in Sainte Marie

This post is running for the weblogtravels.com world bloggers contest, under the “sports and leisure” category for Madagascar destination. Thanks to the excellent guidance from a malagasy-run tour operator called AsistenTravel, Madafan team spent a family vacation in Sainte Marie

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

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 

Conservation International leverages google earth for climate change showcase

… and guess who’s the country used for case study: Madagascar. Although I’m not inspired yet to make a whole new post about how google earth virtual tour can help, I just want Madafan readers to be aware of this

Interview with Acacia Adventure Holidays’s marketing director Heath Ashcroft

After Acacia Africa organised the first-ever twit-up about Madagascar, madafan wanted to know more about this Africa-specialized british tour-operator. Thanks to twitter contacts, we managed to obtain an e-mail interview with Heath Ashcroft, the Marketing Director at Acacia Adventure Holidays.

Hosotra 2009: dizains of amazing paintings to appreciate

Another year, another painting exposition at Tahala Rarihasina in Antananarivo. Hosotra 2009 is happening from August 3rd to august 23rd 2009, and once again, I’m truly amazed by the talents of those artists. Hosotra is a yearly exhibition that usually

Rendez-vous in Mahavelona (aka Foulpointe) on August 08th 2009

What best unite people than a barbecue and THB beer (you can drink something else) on the beach? We want to make it happen and tell the world that travelling to Madagascar is nice. Mahavelona (AKA Foulpointe) in the east-coast