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Conducting Research in The Misty Mountain Cold Forest of Madagascar!

My name is Sylviane Rakotozafy and I’m an herpetologist devoting to conserve amphibians and reptiles in Madagascar. Here in this blog, I am going to drive you s omewhere in Madagascar. I suppose that everybody knows Madagascar is a country rich in biodiversity with many wonderful species found nowhere else on Earth. But in the […]

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Species of the Week: Indri

Indri simply means ‘there it is’ in the Malagasy language. The species got its name from local people shouting ‘indri indri!’ when pointing out the animal to European naturalists. Lemurs are most closely related to bushbabies, pottos and lorises. Common ancestors of the lemur are thought to have colonised Madagascar from Africa 50-60 million years […]

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Species of the Week: Malagasy Giant Jumping Rat

A few weeks ago in February, two new Malagasy giant jumping rats (Hypogeomys antimena) were born at London Zoo. This is the desired result of a captive breeding programme set up in 1990 by the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, and now there are more than 50 giant jumping rats in twelve different institutions throughout the […]

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Species of the week: Greater Bamboo Lemur

Mainly eating bamboo, with the occasional fruit snack, might lead you to think this lemur is very small, but in fact it weighs in at around 2.5 kilograms! This ‘rotund’ lemur was discovered in 1870. It was then not seen for over 100 years and scientists thought it had gone extinct. Fortunately it was rediscovered […]

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