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Conservation win in Madagascar: 7 new reserves established

Good news on the environmental front in Madagascar has been rare and fleeting in recent years, but today the Indian Ocean island's Prime Minister gave conservationists a bit of hope by officially decreeing seven new reserves that target critical habita...

Rare conservation victory in Madagascar

Good news on the environmental front in Madagascar has been rare and fleeting in recent years, but today the Indian Ocean island's Prime Minister gave conservationists a bit of hope by officially decreeing seven new reserves that target critical habita...

Up to 11 stunningly colorful chameleon species discovered in Madagascar

The panther chameleon, a lizard prized in the pet trade for its remarkable color changing abilities, may actually represent 11 different species, report researchers writing in the journal Molecular Ecology. Analyzing the genetics of more than 300 indiv...

New gecko described in Madagascar

Researchers have described a previously undocumented species of gecko in Madagascar.

Madagascar’s rate of speciation slowing down

While Madagascar is famous for its incredible diversity of plants and animals, a new study suggests that the island's rate of speciation has slowed to a crawl.

Five percent of ploughshare tortoise population perishes after botched smuggling attempt

In March, two people were caught attempting to smuggle 54 ploughshare tortoises (Astrochelys yniphora) into Thailand. Listed as Critically Endangered, the tortoises' wild population is down to approximately 400-500 animals in its native Madagascar, mea...

Madagascar’s chameleons came from African mainland

Madagascar's color-changing chameleons originated in Africa and crossed over to the island some 65 million years ago, concludes a study published this week in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Over ten percent of a species’ total population found in smuggler’s bag

On Friday, March 15th Thai authorities arrested a 38-year-old man attempting to collect a bag containing 54 ploughshare tortoises (Astrochelys yniphora) and 21 radiated tortoises (Astrochelys radiata) in Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Found only i...

Frogs radio-tracked for first time in Madagascar

Researchers have radio-tracked frogs for the first time in Madagascar. Attaching tiny radio transmitters weighing 0.3-0.35 grams (1/100 of an ounce) to 36 rainbow frogs (Scaphiophryne gottlebei), the research team tracked the movement of the colorful f...

Photo: Subterranean ‘Moby Dick’ mermaid lizard discovered in Madagascar

An international team of scientists have described a bizarre new species of worm-like lizard that lives underground. Strangely, they named it the 'Moby Dick' mermaid skink.