The sheer amount of time, money and human effort that is injected into organising, conducting and reporting a scientific expedition is hardly imaginable. The whole process, from its inception […]
When I was 18 years old I went on my first expedition to the jungles of Madagascar. One of my new-found jungle friends was another 18 year old lad called […]
Expedition Angano is a scientific expedition bound for Madagascar which aims to improve our understanding of species communities at forest edges and to help prioritize forest areas for future conservation efforts. The involvement of local Malagasy citizens and university students will help to build local capacity for conservation.
Madagascar Conservation & Development has been publishing research since 2006. It is an electronic, open-access, peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary journal devoted to the swift dissemination of current research in and on Madagascar and the Western Indian Ocean islands.
I’ve closely followed the story of the Madagascar Pochard since its rediscovery in 2006. This duck must get the prize for the most elusive species; evading scientists, considered extinct, but in fact clinging on to survival for decades and then saved on the brink of extinction.
“The first naturalist to have described the species, a Frenchman called Sonnerat, was walking one day in the rain forest, when his local guides pointed to a large lemur sitting high in the trees. ‘Indri, indri,’ they said. Sonnerat, understandably, wrote down a description of the animal they had shown him and noted that it was called ‘indri’. Unfortunately, the word is an expostulation in the local language which means simply, ‘Look at that’.