Animal Edutainment helps Dr. Lisa Gould
with Lemur conservation efforts in Madagascar.

Lemur Group
Lemur Catta Group at Tsaranoro


Thanks to all those that bought photos of Critterman last summer, Animal Edutainment was able to help Dr. Lisa Gould and her efforts to protect lemurs in Madagascar.  Below is a report from her how the money was utilized, and some wonderful photos. Keep up the great work Dr. Gould.

Andranobe Forest Fragment
Andranobe Forest Fragment

 

I am now back from Madagascar, and am sending a brief report relating to how your donation of $500 was used. I'm also including photos of both my project and that of my Ph.D. student Jody Weir.  

I used $300 of your donation towards helping community conservation organizations in south-central Madagascar. Combined with a small grant that I received from Conservation International, I was able to fund five local conservation associations which are working to protect the small forest fragments near their villages. All of these fragments contain populations of ring-tailed lemurs as well as a number of endemic bird and reptile species. The money that I received from you was donated to the community conservation associations of Andranobe and Tsaranoro.  The money will be used for the following activities: establishing tree nurseries, particularly with species used as food trees by the lemurs (e.g. Melia azedarach), re-forestation, particularly at Tsaranoro, where 2 small fragments are near enough to the larger Tsaranoro forest to allow corridors to be planted, clearing the Tsaranoro forest of the strangler vine Cissus quadrangularis, which was encroaching and spreading into the east side of the forest, constructing trail signs for visiting eco-tourists, clearing trails at Andranobe, making access easier for ecotourism,  and constructing a fire-break around the Andranobe fragment for forest protection. I've attached photos of both sites and the ring-tailed lemurs living within these forest fragments. 

 Lemur catta at Andranobe
Lemur catta at Andranobe

 

$100 was used by my Ph.D. Student Jody Weir, to buy a cyber-tracking android device to be used by her local research assistants for data collection on the Critically Endangered Indri and Diademed sifaka. Below is a description of Jody's project, and explanation as to how the equipment will be used. I am also including a photo or Jody teaching her assistants how to use the tracking device. I can also ask her for photos of her study animals and send these to you. 

Jody teaching cybertracking 
Jody teaching cybertracking

 
The Zaza Project was developed by Dr. Lisa Gould's PhD student Jody Weir.  Her research project looks at infant development in the two largest lemurs alive today: the Indri and the Diademed Sifaka.  At her research site in the Eastern rainforest of Madagascar, her team of 4 local research assistants follow mothers with new infants within 4 focal groups of Sifaka and 5 focal groups of Indri.  They record their movements, behaviours, and food choices as well as the time spent being carried by their mother before they become independent (she keeps a research blog here:www.thekiwiandthefish.com).  
Jody's current efforts include transitioning from data sheets to Android devices and a cyber-tracking system.  This transition included the purchase of 2 Android devices and a Garmin Glo device, the development of a tracking application using the free Cybertracker software (www.cybertracker.org), and many hours of training her assistants how to use the devices.  Jody used the $100 towards the purchase of one Android device.   

 Lemur in Fig Tree
Lemur in fig tree.

I'm attaching some photos with this message and a few in a following message, so that the file size of the email message doesn't take forever to download. Two of these photos show the Presidents of each village association signing an agreement stating what they will do with the donations. 

Andranobe President Signing
Andranobe President Signing

Signing Tsaranoro agreement
Signing Tsaranoro agreement

I want to express my gratitude for your kind donation, which helped both of our projects immensely. 

Please let me know if you have any questions. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Lisa Gould
Professor , Department of Anthropology
University of Victoria, Victoria, BC V8W3P5
Canada

Lemur research page:  http://web.uvic.ca/~lgould/