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Les Premières Deux Semaines
Les Premières Deux Semaines

Damn, it’s been quite a while since I’ve blogged. This is officially my first post from Paris, France, even though I’ve been here for over two weeks now. It has been an interesting two weeks, full of some great times and some bad ones. We’ll start with the good: Paris is GORGEOUS. I feel like […]

Full Circle
Full Circle

Here I am, back in the United States. All I can say is wow, what an incredible summer. It wasn’t always easy or fun, but I had an amazing time. It almost feels as though I never left, but then I look at the date, August 20th, and I think how much time has passed. […]

The End Days
The End Days

It’s August 10th and Sophia and I have just finished our final full day of work. We still have a lot to do, but it involves writing up reports and syncing GPS data to the computer, but for all practical purposes, today was the last day of GPS work in the actual forest. I cannot […]

Mapmaking Continues…
Mapmaking Continues...

This past week, I have continued with my GPS mapping on Antanetiambo Nature Reserve. To remind you, I have already mapped the 35 boundary markers, areas not owned by the reserve, and mapped the entire perimeter. This week, I have started vegetation studies, making perimeters of the bamboo groves which may harbor bamboo lemurs. Additionally, […]

Lemurs in Captivity
Lemurs in Captivity

Sorry for not blogging in a little while, it has been a busy couple of days. This is the first of about four posts I plan on writing in the next 24 hours, so bear with me if it’s a little less in depth than usual. As I mentioned in my last post, Soph and […]

The Miracle Food
The Miracle Food

Quick update from last week: We spent a few days in Sambava with Erik learning how to plant and grow ovy be – a local variety of yam which the Duke Lemur Center is hoping to promote in lieu of rice, the staple food of Madagascar. Ovy be (also spelled ovibe) has many benefits that […]

Watching and waiting
Watching and waiting

As I mentioned in my last blog, this past week was spent in Anjanaharibe-Sud Strict Nature Reserve, which we visited on a scouting mission for Erik to take some GPS points and photos of the new visitor’s site, Camp Indri, as well as determine whether it was a good place to bring tour groups and/or […]

The Land of Milk and Honey
The Land of Milk and Honey

Ah, Sambava. When Sophia and I first arrived in Madagascar from the capital, we looked around at Sambava, which consists really of two main roads, running parallel to one, each, in turn, parallel to the coast line, and we thought it was such a tiny town, devoid of all so-called “western comforts.” After being in […]

Finally, some relaxation…
Finally, some relaxation...

Today was a wonderful slice of R&R after over three weeks of working. Since we work through the weekends most weeks (most stores are closed anyways, so we figure there’s no point not getting things done), we took today off to brousse to Sambava since we need to be here tomorrow anyway for a meeting. […]

Lemursssssss
Lemursssssss

(Written Wednesday, July 10) It’s 20:25 here (almost bedtime) and Sophia and I just returned from 3 days in Marojejy National Park, one of Madagascar’s most spectacular eastern rain forests. The three (showerless) days were really a blur, but an absolutely amazing one. We arrived at the park around 10:00 on Monday, after a 45 […]