Focusing On The Conservation of Ecosystems, Habitats & Wildlife

“Tree Monitors” In Madagascar – Saving The Baobab Forests

According to Georgina Kenyon, who has been writing about science and conservation for over ten years – online, print and for NGOs and a UN agency –

“Madagascar NGO Madagasikara Voakajy (MV) and Fauna & Flora International (FFI) are working with Malagasy ‘tree monitors’ to protect the endangered Grandidier’s baobab in the western Menabe region, in a project funded by the Global Trees Campaign.”

Finally…Madagascar Reinstates Ban of Rosewood

I was sooo happy to see this ban reinstated last week on Rosewood logging and exports in Madagascar! Can you imagine….illegal logging of its NATIONAL PARKS!

Photo found on WildMadagascar.Org

Unfortuantely, over 20,000 acres of Madagascar’s rainforests were affected, including Marojejy, Masoala and Makira national parks which are some of the island’s most biologically diverse rainforests.

Andrea Johnson of EIA (Environmental Investigation Agency) wrote via email “We’re hopeful that this moratorium marks a decision by the transition government to consider the long-term value of Madagascar’s natural resources and end the uncontrolled exploitation of the forest for quick profit.”  She also said  “We’d like to believe this is actually the beginning of a new book, not just the start of another chapter in the recent sad story of corruption and plunder of Madagascar’s irreplaceable forests.”

Brink of Extinction for Half of all Primates

According to many experts from across the world, nearly half of all primate species are in danger of becoming extinct.

Conservationists said in a news statement recently about the release of the report Primates in Peril: The World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates, 2008-2010 that “mankind’s closest living relatives–the world’s apes, monkeys, lemurs and other primates–are on the brink of extinction and in need of urgent conservation measures”.

Conservationist say this threat is mostly due to the destruction of tropical forests, illegal wildlife trade and commercial bush-meat hunting.

Mammals "Rafted" to Madagascar, Climate Model Suggests


Ker Than for National Geographic News Published this article on January 20, 2010.

Photograph by Frans Lanting, National Geographic Stock

Only in the movies could a lion, a zebra, a giraffe, and a hippo wash ashore on Madagascar to start a new life.

But a new computer model suggests there may be a grain of truth in the animated fiction: The ancestors of ring-tailed lemurs, flying foxes, and other mammals that live on the Indian Ocean island got there aboard natural rafts.

Madagascar Sanctions Logging of National Parks

Jungle Jenny is absolutely MAD about this story!

Last week, Andry Rojoelina (the President of Madagascar), who seized power during the military coup last March, released a decree that allows the export of rosewood logs harvested from the island’s NATIONAL PARKS!!

To read this article by Rhett Butler (click here).  Rhett is the founder and editor of, one of the leading sites on the Web covering tropical forest and biodiversity.

Illegal Rosewood Logging in Masoala National Park. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler

Madagascar’s Political Chaos Threatens Conservation Gains

Jungle Jenny encourages eco/wildlife tourism in Madagascar.  If you have any questions about where to go email me!  I found this article today (click here) by Rhett Butler, who is is the founder and editor of, one of the leading sites on the Web covering tropical forests and biodiversity.

Jungle Jenny with Lemur in Nosy Komba, Madagascar where eco-tourism generates revenue at the lemur reserve at Ampangorina.

Since the government’s collapse after a coup last March, Madagascar’s rainforests have been plundered for their precious wood and unique wildlife. But now there are a few encouraging signs, as officials promise a crackdown on illegal logging and ecotourists begin to return to the island.

Ed Kammer and Jungle Jenny

Ed Kammer and Jungle Jenny

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