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with Lemurs, Lorises, or Madagascar Conservation
Madagascar Wildlife Conservation is a malagasy non-profit
association, which aims at providing an information platform on
ongoing conservation and humanitarian work in Madagascar. MWCs
ultimate scope is to facilitate the dataflow of information about
Madagascar, to improve activities, to give new conservvation inputs,
to help to protect the high degree of endemism of animal and plant
species, to enable a sustainable natural habitat for future generations
of humans, animals and plants of Madagascar.
Parcs et Reserves de Madagascar, Le site officiel des Parcs
Nationaux et Reserves Naturelles de Madagascar.
The official site of the National Parcs and Nature Reserves of
Madagascar. (in french)
Conservation, Inc., (PCI) is an all volunteer not for profit
foundation [501(c)(3)] dedicated to studying, preserving
and maintaining the habitats of the least known and most endangered
primates in the world. Over 100 species, approaching half of all
primates, are threatened or endangered. The tropical forests where
most primates live are disappearing at an alarming rate.
Noel Rowe, author of The Pictorial Guide to the Living Primates,
founded PCI in 1992 after witnessing the destruction of a lowland
forest in Madagascar
- American Zoological and Aquarium
Association's (AZA) Madagascar
Fauna Group is an international consortium of zoological institutions
concerned with the conservation of all classes of Malagasy fauna,
particularly those whose populations are falling below viable
Preservation Trust International This is the American branch
of the late Gerald Durrell's Group with its Zoo on the Isle of
Jersey, England. The WPTI is fairly active in funding conservation
projects in Madagascar.
International CI is actively involved in many aspects of conservation
in Madagascar. Two of their more outstanding accomplishments are
the use of debt-for-nature swaps and the publication of the excellent
Lemurs of Madagascar field guide.
Botanical Garden The Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the
more active groups engaged in conservation efforts in Madagascar.
It's WWW site has
- The Wildlife
Conservation Society (headquartered at the Bronx Zoo) has
several research and conservation projects in Madagascar. (Look
in "Field conservation projects at the site"):
- Masoala National Park management
and community forest zone management (WCS/CARE/ANGAP/DEF/Peregrine
Fund/Stanford Center for Conservation Biology/USAID) -- Claire
Kremen, Philip Guillery, Vincent Razafimahatratra, Matthew
- Phylogenetic relationships of
the four endemic tortoises of Madagascar -- George Amato,
John Behler, Adalgisa Caccon.
- Biodiversity inventory and professional
training -- Claire Kremen, Vincent Razafimahatratra
- Ruffed lemur taxonomy and conservation
(WCS/AMNH) -- Hilary Simons Morland, George Amato, Rob de
- California-Madagascar Alliance -
This is a small group of folks in the S.F. Bay area looking for
small projects to support. The current focus is on a solar cooker
project. For more information, contact Edward
Peregrine Fund In 1995, Peregrine Fund biologists re-discovered
the Madagascar Serpent-Eagle and the Madagascar Red Owl after
their not having been seen for 60 years and 30 years, respectively!
The Peregrine Fund has a Madagascar
Program with major projects in Madagascar.
- World Wildlife Fund The WWF often
has various projects going on in Madagascar. Check out the web
pages of the international
WWF headquarters as well as the U.S.
chapter of WWF.
- IUCN (The World Conservation Union)
This is the principle international conservation organization
with headquarters in Switzerland. It has both nations and conservation
groups as members. It is particularly relevant to lemur conservation
because the IUCN's 1996
Red List of Threatened Animals.
Peace Corps - Madagascar Program
in Technical Assistance, a U.S. based group has a Madagascar
Integrated Conservation Development Project focusing on protecting
biodiversity in the Andasibe-Mantadia Protected Area.
Azafady is a charitable organisation, established in 1994
and working since then on a combination of environmental and humanitarian
projects in Madagascar, based in the southern regional centre
of Fort Dauphin
| Other Primate and
Rainforest Conservation Organizations
Action Network Rainforest Action Network works to protect
the Earth's rainforests and support the rights of their inhabitants
through education, grassroots organizing, and nonviolent direct
action. RAN works with environmental and human rights groups in
60 countries, sharing information and coordinating the U.S. sector's
role in worldwide campaigns to protect the rainforests and their
for Environmental Research and Conservation Preparing the
next generation of environmental leaders through education, training
for Tropical Studies OTS is a not-for-profit consortium of
more than 50 universities and research institutions in the United
States and Latin America dedicated to providing leadership in
education, research, and the wise use of natural resources in
the tropics. To this end, OTS maintains three field sites in Costa
Rica : La Selva Biological Station, located in the Atlantic lowlands
and recognized internationally as one of the premier facilities
for rain forest research; Palo Verde Field Station, situated in
the northern Pacific lowlands and known for its deciduous dry
forest and freshwater marsh; and Las Cruces Biological Station,
Wilson Botanical Garden, on Costa Rica's southern Pacific slopes,
noted for its extensive collection of palms, bromeliads, and endangered
plants from Costa Rica and elsewhere and its mosaic of fragmented
premontane rain forests.
Web -Your direct link to zoos and aquariums in cyberspace.
| Lemurs in the news
Research scientist Eleanor Sterling spent almost two years stumbling
through the dark forests of Madagascar in an effort to better
understand the aye-eye, perhaps one of the most endangered species
on the planet.
| Pictures of Lemurs
& other Primates and Misc links
- DUPC's Primate
Gallery which has great pictures and discussions about:
- AZA Madagascar Fauna Group's Lemur
Lemur Gallery from the Washington University in St. Louis
Lemur Sights and Sounds. This site not only has some photos,
it also has audio recordings of indri howls and brown lemur grunts
that you can play with common browser plug-ins!
- The Primate
Info Net collection of Primate Images
- A very interesting site is devoted
to the Slender
Loris (Loris tardigradus ssp.), a small-bodied nocturnal prosimian
primate, one of the least known of extant primate species. The
purpose of this homepage is to give a brief, and perhaps too simplified,
description of the habits, habitats, and other available information
including husbandry advice, regarding this shy and cryptic species.
of the World(FOW) is dedicated to the development of products
and services that promote education, conservation and sustainable
development. FOW works closely with conservation and development
organizations, ensuring that products and programs protect biodiversity
and profits are kept local. In addition, a percentage of revenues
generated from the sale of our products supports research, education
and conservation projects around the world. Five percent of gross
of the Madagascar Arts product line is given to the Primate Center
at Duke University, home to the largest collection of lemurs outside
of Madagascar, and is used to support their in-country research,
education and conservation projects.
Dolls is another commercial site devoted to Lemurs that offers
several unique lemur related items.
| Mostly for Kids:
Tamarin The Cotton-top Tamarin Conservation Project.
Kids & Teachers Project Site set up by the World Wildlife
Action at the Rainforest Action Network is full of interesting
things for kids, including a kid's art gallery
Ones A part of the Wildlife Preservation Trust International.
Follow Tammy the Tamarin on her trip around the world.
Riparian Forest is a good site from the American River Natural
History Association in Carmichael, Ca.
| Convervation Projects
Ruffed Lemur Restocking Project - Project Report On 17 October
1997, the Madagascar Fauna Group's long-planned black and white
ruffed lemur restocking project began in earnest when five captive-born
lemurs left Duke University Primate Center for the Betampona Natural
Reserve in Madagascar.
The lemur restocking project is the centerpiece of a larger conservation
program for Betampona, which includes increased protection and
management of not only the ruffed lemurs, but also spectacular
frogs, fish, lemurs, lizards, insects and plants.
Environmental Information Centre The Environmental Education
Programme at Ivoloina seeks to impart the gravity and urgency
of Madagascarâs environmental and health problems to teachers,
administrators, students and local people. Both formal and informal
education methods are used, and initiatives are focused through
existing organisations to ensure continuity and applicability.
Project (Peregrine Fund) Like many developing nations, Madagascar
is faced with the problem of how to conserve it's precious natural
resources while accommodating the needs of its growing human population.
The Peregrine Fund is helping the Malagasy Government and local
people solve this problem by creating two new protected areas.
| Selected Madagascar
Web Sites Conservation Organizations
International, lead by Russell Mittermier, is actively involved
in many aspects of conservation in Madagascar. Two of their more
outstanding accomplishments are the development of debt-for-nature
swaps and the recent publication of the excellent Lemurs of Madagascar
Wildlife Conservation Trust The mission of the Durrell Wildlife
Conservation Trust is to save animals from extinction. They establish
Species Recovery Programmes to save some of the world's most endangered
Preservation Trust International conserves threatened species
and their habitats in partnership with local scientists and educators
around the world.
Bontanical Garden The Missouri Botanical Garden is one of
the more active groups engaged in conservation efforts in Madagascar.
It's Web site has an excellent review of Madagascar
Peace Corps - Madagascar Program Education Volunteers in Madagascar
help improve middle school English teaching skills by introducing
and developing new techniques and teaching materials. Madagascar
has several protected wildlife areas, and Volunteers provide training
to improve conservation in these areas.
in Technical Assistance Volunteers in Technical Assistance,
a U.S. based group has a Madagascar Integrated Conservation Development
Project focusing on protecting biodiversity in the Andasibe-Mantadia
| Primates of Madagascar
- das Primateninformationssystem enthÃ¤lt umfangreiche, detailreiche
Informationen und Bilder zum Thema Primaten (Affen). Verweise
auf nationale und internationale Angebote im World Wide Web sowie
eine umfangreiche Literaturliste runden dieses Website ab.
Lemur Gallery Photos of a variety of Madagascar primates,
from Aye-ayes to Sifakas, are available in this new online resource.
Stephen Nash has generously contributed his excellent lemur drawings
and photographers from the Duke University Primate Center have
provided many photos to this evolving archive.
| Primate Resources
Info Information on Rare,
Threatened and Endangered Mammals, excellent site!
Society of Primatologists The American Society of Primatologists
is an educational and scientific society that aims to understand
better our nonhuman primate cousins, and to facilitate information
exchange about them. Living
- A list of the 233 living primate
species including links to color images.
- An excellent resource for primate
images, including information on the distribution and status of
primates in the wild. Primate
- Primate Info Net (PIN) is a WWW
site for people with an interest in the field of primatology.
PIN is maintained by the Wisconsin Regional Primate Research Center
Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This site is the
best source of primate information on the Internet.
- The Primate Information Center
(PIC) is the world's premier indexing service for scientific literature
on all aspects of nonhuman primate research. Established in the
early 1960s to assist the scientific community in accessing bibliographic
information on nonhuman primate research.
- An extensive list of primate Web
sites including links to primate images, sounds, and information.
| Zoo Organizations
American Zoo and Aquarium Association
of Aquariums, Universities and Zoos The Consortium of Aquariums,
Universities and Zoos (C.A.U.Z.) is an international network of
scientists and educators in universities, zoos, aquariums, conservation
organizations, and governmental agencies who are dedicated to