Learning to give

Incredible!  The American School Antananarivo started a fundraising campaign to help safing the Alaotran Gentle Lemur. The Second Grade and their teacher Jennifer raised enough funds to allow a field trip for 24 students and teachers to visit the Alaotran Gentle Lemur in its natural habitat! With this, they support a crucial component of MWC’s educational work for the long-term survival of this unique lemur!

More details about the successful campaign are provided here (subitem “Learning to give”): http://secondswithmsjennifer.weebly.com/blog

the ultimate preparation games for the sporting spectacle of the year

The Warm-Up event before the Olympic Games in Rio. On July the 23th and 24th the ultimate preparation games for the porting spectacle of the year will take place in the Hannover Adventure Zoo with Madagascar Wildlife Conservation being one of the cooperation partners. There will be lots of fun and many opportunity to take part for all!

More information: https://www.zoo-hannover.de/de/programm/eventkalender/zoo-spiele

inauguration ceremony and official opening of the new MWC office

The inauguration ceremony and official opening of the new MWC seat by the head of the Alaotra-Mangoro Region, Mr Honoré RAMINOARISON, took place on the 10th of March 2016 in Ambatondrazaka. The inauguration was also attended by local authorities and the MWC and AlaReLa Teams, who will use the office as their head quarter. After a series of presentations about the history and the activities of MWC, an environmental role play were presented. The following workshop focused on improving the current conservation strategy for the NAP (Nouvelle Aire Protégée) “Lac Alaotra.”

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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:

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:


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…

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Environmental Education at Lake Alaotra



Link to the paper:

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