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Lemur Monitoring & Reforestation


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The Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership is a Malagasy NGO founded and piloted by Dr. Edward Louis Jr., Director of the Conservation Genetics Department at OHDZA in Omaha, Nebraska. Together they work to protect and restore Madagascar's remaining forests and diverse wildlife.

During a 12-week tenure, volunteer cohorts will spend half their time monitoring lemurs and half their time participating in the community-based reforestation effort.

Lemur Monitoring (5 weeks): Volunteers will follow social groups of either the greater bamboo lemur (Prolemur simus) or the black-and-white ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata) within the mountainous terrain of the Kianjavato-Vatovavy landscape. The longterm goal of this project is to offer protection for these two Critically Endangered species while gathering information on habitat usage, population dynamics, and territorial range.

Reforestation Project (5 weeks): This grassroots reforestation effort reconnects and expands natural habitats over the mountainous terrain around Kianjavato while sustainably benefiting the 14,000 area residents. Through this project we have planted over 2.6 million trees in Madagascar. The overall goal of this project is to restore habitats for wildlife and alternative resources for the local community.

Qualifications/Experience: We want volunteers who are going to be 100% dedicated to the projects and go above and beyond to contribute to the NGO. We prefer volunteers with at least a BA or BS in the biological or environmental sciences, and tropical restoration or forest management experience is a plus. Some independent research experience will be an advantage, as will work or travel experience in tropical countries. A willingness to work in isolated conditions, the ability to solve problems independently, and dedication to a positive and respectful working environment is vital.

Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership (MBP)

Project title
Lemur Monitoring & Reforestation

Project location
Kianjavato, Madagascar

Dr. Edward Louis

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Who can volunteer?
Adults of both sexes 18+

12 weeks

Costs for participating in the MBP Volunteer program: US$250 non-refundable deposit (to secure your placement with the program); US$750 accommodation fees (includes airport assistance, travel costs to/from field station, tent site rental, and food); and between US$50-60 for 90 day tourist Visa.


How to apply
Applicants should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for two professional references to Dr. Ed Louis:

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