A path to becoming a conservation scientist

The path to finding a career often involves twists and turns. Serendipity is important — one rarely anticipates what small events, chance occurrences, and seeds of inspiration will spur decisions that lead to pursuing one job or another. For Zuzana Burivalova, a PhD candidate based at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich), the road to becoming a tropical forest ecologist began as a child in a small Czech Republic village with a foldout children’s book about rainforests.

Only 15 percent of world’s biodiversity hotspots left intact

The world’s 35 biodiversity hotspots—which harbor 75 percent of the planet’s endangered land vertebrates—are in more trouble than expected, according to a sobering new analysis of remaining primary vegetation. In all less than 15 percent of natural intact vegetation is left in the these hotspots, which include well-known jewels such as Madagascar, the tropical Andes, and Sundaland.

Next big idea in forest conservation? Rewards for reforestation

Susie McGuire and Dr. Edward Louis Jr. are the powerhouse team behind the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership (MBP), an NGO that involves local residents—both human and primate—in reforestation efforts in Madagascar. A conservation geneticist and veterinarian by training, Ed Louis has discovered 21 lemur species and successfully reintroduced two species of locally extinct lemurs back into the wild.

Next big idea in forest conservation? Rewards for reforestation

Susie McGuire and Dr. Edward Louis Jr. are the powerhouse team behind the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership (MBP), an NGO that involves local residents—both human and primate—in reforestation efforts in Madagascar. A conservation geneticist and veterinarian by training, Ed Louis has discovered 21 lemur species and successfully reintroduced two species of locally extinct lemurs back into the wild.

Next big idea in forest conservation? Rewards for reforestation

Susie McGuire and Dr. Edward Louis Jr. are the powerhouse team behind the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership (MBP), an NGO that involves local residents—both human and primate—in reforestation efforts in Madagascar. A conservation geneticist and veterinarian by training, Ed Louis has discovered 21 lemur species and successfully reintroduced two species of locally extinct lemurs back into the wild.

Singapore intercepts massive illegal shipment of Madagascar rosewood

Authorities in Singapore have made the largest-ever international seizure of rosewood logs, providing further evidence that industrial-scale smuggling of Madagascar’s rainforest timber continues despite an official ban on the trade. Details of the seiz…

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