Hapalemur alaotrensis (Alaotra gentle lemur; local name: bandro) is the only lemur living constantly in wetlands.

The bandro only exists in the marshes fringing Lake Alaotra (Madagascar). Major threats are habitat destruction for rice production and pet trade. A bandro as seen in the clip here can be bought for less than 3 Euro (less than a chicken produced in a German or USA factory!), but chances of survival in captivity are slim. Lollipops and bananas won’t do the trick!
The international team of Madagascar Wildlife Conservation promotes long-term initiatives that integrate biodiversity conservation, environmental education and rural development. Thanks for supporting us in the conservation of this unique lemur and its habitat:
http://www.madagascar-wildlife-conservation.org/support-donate/

World Lemur Day 2015

World Lemur Day on October 31 at the Erlebniszoo Hannover! 

Held at the end of October, the 2nd annual World Lemur Festival raised awareness for lemur conservation, celebrated lemurs and Madagascar, and educated the public about why it’s important to protect them and their habitats in Madagascar.

The World Lemur Day at Zoo Hannover was a cooperation together with Madagascar Wildlife Conservation. MWC presented the lemurs in their natural habitat and the work of the organization. While the zoo gave information about the red-ruffed lemurs and ring-tailed lemurs in the zoo and the visitors could win a meet-and-greet with the ring-tailed lemurs!

A recently published paper describes the approach that Madagascar Wildlife Conservation has been implementing during the past ten years at Lake Alaotra.

Madagascar Conservation & Development, Vol 10, No 1S (2015): “Ten years into the marshes – Hapalemur alaotrensis conservation, one step forward and two steps back?”

Natural resource management problems typically involve a multitude of stakeholders with diverse sets of needs and interests, and often conflicting worldviews in an environment with growing uncertainty…

Woman working in the rice fields.

Woman working in the rice fields.

Link to the paper:

http://journalmcd.com/index.php/mcd/article/view/mcd.v10i1S3

MWC published a paper on environmental education in the open access journal “Sustainability”

Sustainability 2015, 7, pp. 8855-8880: “Conservation Messages in Speech Bubbles–Evaluation of an Environmental Education Comic Distributed in Elementary Schools in Madagascar”

In this paper, we present the results of a survey of an environmental education program applied to a cohort of 542 students in six primary schools at Lake Alaotra, Madagascar. The educational materials used were a comic book and additional materials designed specifically for local conditions in rural Madagascar…

Environmental Education

Environmental Education at Lake Alaotra

 

 

Link to the paper:
http://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/7/7/8855

5th of June 2015, World Environmental Day

The team of MWC and a representative of the association of guards from the village Andreba came to Ambato to represent the activities of the association and Camp Bandro during the World Environmental Day. The assistants of the projects AlaReLa and AMBio and helped to install the stand.

Stand de MWC   MWC team

Despite Appearances, 3 Reasons for Madagascar, Algeria and France to be cheerful in 2015

Potential for reconciliation and recovery in Madagascar  

Let’s be blunt. With 90 percent of its population living with less than 2 US dollars per day, a rampant spread of Bubonic plague and failure to provide electricity to most of its citizens, there are very few reasons to be cheerful during the holiday seasons in Madagascar. Yet, things may not be as bleak as they seem.

Read the whole article:

http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/12/28/despite-appearances-3-reasons-for-madagascar-algeria-and-france-to-be-cheerful-in-2015/

Information stand in the Hannover Adventure Zoo

WLF_1Students and academic staff from the Research Group Ecology and Environmental Education of the University of Hildesheim and the Institute of Zoology of the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover together with Madagascar Wildlife Conservation inform the visitors of the Hannover Adventure Zoo  on the 25th / 26th as well as on 30th / 31th of October at an information stand about the most endangered species of lemurs.

WLF_2Lemurs constitute 20% of the lemurs in the world. Now they are among the most endangered mammals in general. Almost all species of lemurs are on the red list of threatened species: 23 species are critically endangered, 52 are endangered and 19 species are vulnerable. Main reasons for the vulnerability of lemurs are habitat destruction and hunting. In Madagascar, about 90% of the natural ecosystems and thus the home of the lemurs, have already disappeared.

 

World Lemur Festival 2014

logo 4From the 25th to the 31th of October 2014 the lemurs of Madagascar will be the focus of the world attention. During this period the 22 regions of Madagascar are in tune to celebrate the value of these endemic species and the unique Malagasy biodiversity. A celebration that will find a world wide audience as all zoos in the world that house lemur species will be part of the festival, hence it will have a global dimension. The festival will take place in America, Europe, Asia, the islands of the Indian Ocean and Africa.