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Conservation Triumphs on the Eighth Continent

“The true biologist deals with life,” says my favorite author, “with teeming boisterous life, and learns something from it, learns that the first rule of life is living.” After thirteen months in Madagascar, I will dare to call myself a biologist—one who has learned truly what it means to live.

Cave Art May Show What Happened to Giant Lemurs

Ghostly figures in charcoal appear to show a now extinct primate from Madagascar succumbing to a human hunter.

Expedition Madagascar: Conserving Coral Reefs with Community Conservation

By Dr. Emily Darling

With colleagues from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), we recently surveyed the first community-led Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Madagascar. These areas provide genuine hope for coral reef conservation and small-scale fisheries management under the shadow of emerging oil and gas development, deforestation, illegal fishing and climate change.

Seeing Exploration in Madagascar Through New Eyes

A month ago, fresh from the intellectual stimulation of a scientific conference, I blogged about coevolving pathogens. Today, my hair is grown long and wild, my jeans threadbare, my shoes in tatters, and once more, I feel at a very far distance from that academic other-world in which I also live.

Learning Big Answers From Small Creatures

Studying bats in Madagascar, Cara Brook reflects on what the small things can tell us about the big picture.

Preserving Traditional Forest Medicine for Future Generations

A recent NG Genographic Legacy Fund project is preserving generations of stories and information associated with medicine in Madagascar.

Madagascar in the Season of Lightning

The rain patters on outside my window, but there is something magical and mysterious about Madagascar that makes me as happy as I have ever been.

Communities Leading the Way to Save Madagascar’s Mangroves

“About three years ago I noticed that the high tides were coming up into my rice fields, and taking the soil away with them. I’d never seen that before,” Philippe, a rice farmer from the village of Ambalahonko, tells me from under his wide-brimmed straw hat; something my fair-skinned and fine-haired self, unfortunately, did not…

The Real Penguin of Madagascar

By Graeme Patterson

It has been a decade since viewers first encountered the popular penguins of the crowd-pleasing Madagascar movie franchise. In the 2005 hit, the penguins eventually find their way to the island of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean along with their old friends from the Central Park Zoo: a zebra, lion, giraffe and a hippo who accidentally got dropped off there. Adventures ensue, the running joke is that these visitors are all out of place on Madagascar, as indeed they are. Or are they?

Can Mozambique’s Hidden World—And Its Creatures—Be Saved?

We finish our expedition to Mozambique’s sky islands focused heavily on whether remaining fragments of forest can be conserved. I had expected to find new species and see beautiful forests, but I had not expected the destruction—or my poignant reaction to it.

Does it fit? Tsina Endor on making peace with the taboo in rural Madagascar

In the ancestor worshipping religion practiced across Madagascar’s 18 tribes, the zebu – a species of domestic cattle originating in South Asia – is integral to marking life’s milestones. When a child gets its first haircut, the clippings are stirred into zebu back fat and eaten by family members with a rum chaser; when a…

Nothing for us, without us: African Youth Leaders commit to Disaster Risk Reduction goals onboard Peace Boat

In a small room on Deck 6 of the Ocean Dream, youth leaders from four African countries hashed out a strategy for disaster risk reduction (DRR) on their continent as part of a collaborative project between the Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Center (PBV) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR.) The…

International NGO SOS Children’s Village celebrates 10 years of teaching life skills through football in Toamasina

The Japanese football players from Peace Boat were in a boisterous mood as their minibus convoy rolled through streets of Toamasina on Sunday. Chants echoed off the Mercedes’ aluminum roof, camera shutters clicked, and shirtsleeves flapped at open windows. With Peace Boat docked in Madagascar’s second city, participants in the ship’s Peace Ball programme visited…

A Golden Farewell in Madagascar

Cara Brook says her goodbyes to her Malagasy friends and colleagues and reflects on life between two polar opposites on Earth.

Mangrove deforestation in Madagascar: What are the options?

The last time you heard from us at Blue Ventures, my colleague Garth Cripps was talking about shark fishing on Madagascar’s west coast.  Here Dr. Trevor Jones, our Blue Carbon Science guru, talks about his favorite coastal ecosystem, mangrove forests, and some of the ways we’re looking to partner with communities for their conservation. Take…