Archive | August, 2011

Return to Lemur Island: The Search for more Poop

15 Aug

Hello and welcome.  On September 1, I will be boarding a plane and heading south to Madagascar.  There I will be continuing my graduate research by studying the local lemurs.  I’ll be spending six months living in a tent, following the lemurs around the forest.  I won’t have internet at my field site, but I will update this blog whenever I journey out to the more connected cities.  For now, enjoy these photos that should help you get a sense of my upcoming journey.

Let’s start with where Madagascar is.  You’ve got the Earth:

Madagascar is way down off the southeastern coast of Africa.  To give you a sense of scale, Madagascar is slightly larger than the state of California and is the fourth largest island in the world (after Greenland, New Guinea, and Borneo).

Within Madagascar, I’ll be working at Beza Mahafaly special reserve, a protected forest in the southwestern corner of the country.

I'll be working and living at Beza Mahafaly.

And finally, while at Beza, I’ll be tracking two species of lemurs:

Ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta)

Verreaux's sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi)

More to come soon.

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