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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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

Going down memory lanes with old photos

I just love the internet. I’m sure we all say that, and we all have our own reasons for doing so. But one of the reasons I love the Internet is that people are sharing a lot of interesting stuff:

Antandroy: a great movie of two people’s encounter

As I browse the internet (or should I say “wander from a social media platform to another”?), I stumble on gems about Madagascar that are worth resharing. That’s the case for this encounter between surfers and the Lavanono villagers. You

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

Erik Hersman: own the africa narrative

“ingenuity born of necessity” Erik came up with a long list of different examples of ingenuity coming from Africa: a mobile phone charging system made by a bicycle dynamo, a biogaz system, or a mobile-security system, to name a few.

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.

Miora Rajaonary: a call for paper providers

Miora has made a point during her presentation: PAPMAD, the only paper manufacturing specialized on recycling is calling for every unit to provide them with raw material to work with. So far this plant is only working 6 month per

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

Toughstuff:a system based on trade,not aid

Malagasy rural people call their product “tôftôf”, you guessed it, we’re talking about ToughStuff a solar-power device used for lighting and small appliances distributed throughout Madagascar via old 2CV vehicles and bicycles. I always wondered the reason for the “TOUGH”

Saving the Sokeka tortoises

“60 000 tortoises are consumed by local and international market every year in Madagascar. This endemic specie will disappear in 20 years if nothing is done about it. ” Sadly, this kind of alert is “common” for a lot of

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