MADAGASCAR FAUNA GROUP
Duke Lemur Center (DLC) has had an active conservation program for 20 years, both in the US and in Madagascar. DLC is a founding and managing member of the Madagascar Fauna Group (MFG) which is a consortium of zoos and other institutions committed to supporting conservation in Madagascar. MFG projects in Madagscar focus on community-based conservation techniques operating in the area around Betampona Natural Reserve and Parc Ivoloina on the east coast. Parc Ivoloina, is a regional conservation center on Madagascar’s east coast which includes a small zoo, and focuses on activities such as environmental education and sustainable agricultural practices. Betampona is a protected natural forest, and also the site of the first reintroduction of captive born lemurs back to the wild, a collaborative DLC/MFG effort. The reintroduction has evolved into an important program of conservation research and ecological monitoring, with education and reforestation components linked to nearby Ivoloina. Thanks in part to DLC support and MFG presence in Betampona, the reserve has been protected from illegal wood cutting and poaching of wildlife.
Starting in 2012, DLC began yet another conservation initiative, in the SAVA region of northeastern Madagascar. The SAVA project uses the same multifaceted, community based conservation technique which is implemented by the MFG at Ivoloina and Betampona. DLC’s goal in the SAVA is to help protect the biota in a different and extremely biologically important region of Madagascar. DLC is also a major resource for undergraduate and graduate student education. Duke ENGAGE sends undergraduate volunteers to work on SAVA Conservation projects, and graduate students have completed their work in SAVA researching biodiversity. Some students who begin with projects at DLC, move on to do field research in Madagascar.
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