Of Conservation, Conflict, and Conscience

By Marina Blanco, DLC-SAVA Conservation Coordinator Published in Lemur News: The Newsletter of the Madagascar Section of the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group. Volume 21, 2018. Marina’s original article and photographs can be viewed HERE. Our research expedition to COMATSA turned out to be, at times, a journalistic rather than a scientific endeavor. Our team comprised experienced […]

Video: How does hibernation work?

Have you ever wondered how hibernation works? Or if humans could actually hibernate in real life?! (It’s a common scene in science fiction films, after all!) Check out this informative – and adorably illustrated! – video by Sheena Faherty, Ph.D., one of DLC Director Anne Yoder’s former graduate students. While pursuing her Ph.D. here at Duke, Sheena […]

Notes from the Field: IUCN Red List meeting in Madagascar

By Marina Blanco, DLC-SAVA Conservation Coordinator and Lydia Greene, DLC researcher and Duke Ph.D. candidate Antananarivo, Madagascar | May 14, 2018 Lemurs are the most critically endangered group of vertebrates on Earth. Deforestation, illegal logging, and bushmeat hunting threaten 94% of lemur species in the wild, and most lemur species cannot be maintained in captivity. […]

Milestone research on Madagascar periwinkle uncovers pathway to cancer-fighting drugs

  An exciting breakthrough in understanding the chemical composition of certain compounds with anti-cancer properties in the Madagascar Rosy Periwinkle, which is already used in treatment of childhood leukemia and Hodgkin’s disease. Just another reason to ensure forest protection in Madagascar – there are no doubt other plants with important medicinal properties yet to be […]