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: Reviews

Madagascar – The Last Inheritor of Gondwana: Documentary Review

Madagascar split from the supercontinent of Gondwana about 150 million years ago. As a result, most of the living creatures in Madagascar are unique to the ecosystems in the island. Madagascar: The Last Inheritor of Gondwana is a documentary that

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.

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.

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”

Rabary Désiré – I stand before you begging the world to do more than write about our problems in Madagascar

We must be strong and fearless in the face of continued corruption and habitat disturbance inside of Madagascar's precious National Parks. I have been warned before many times that it is dangerous to reveal the truth. But I believe very

Rando du val trek: a must go-to

A trekking opportunity every third saturday of the month with Rando du Val in Antananarivo- Madagascar. Feel free to join us if you are interested.See the pictures for a better preview.

TEDxAntananarivo: a fake scarcity marketing strategy invite-only event?

So what's the fuss with this buzz around a TEDxAntananarivo event while it's an invite-only event? My two cents about it. feel free to send me some tips about whatever you'd like to see covered during this event, I'll be

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

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

Ecotanana: amazing handicrafts

Last week the Ecotanana exhibition was held at the Alliance Française de Tananarive, yet another opportunity to enjoy our Malagasy handicraft artwork. I personally am always amazed about how those artisans get their inspiration and use the different available materials

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