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Madagascar Gets Biggest Lemur Park

Good news for lemurs: Officials in Madagascar have created the island's biggest protected wildlife park. Named Makira Natural Park, the area is larger than the state of than the state of Rhode Island, and it provides a habitat for the highest diversity of lemurs on the planet, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced.
"Makira Natural Park also will protect some less cuddly creatures, including the Madagascar serpent eagle and the island's only large predator, the cat-like fossa, which eats lemurs and needs large areas of intact forest to maintain healthy populations,"
- Wildlife Conservation Society

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This red-ruffed lemur is one of the largest primates of Madagascar with a body length of 20 inches (53 centimeters), a tail length of 24 inches (60 cm) and a weight of up to 9 pounds (4 kilograms). CREDIT: Astrid Lenz


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Madagascar Gets Biggest Lemur Park

Story contains video Source: Live Science, Fri August 17, 2012
Good news for lemurs: Officials in Madagascar have created the island's biggest protected wildlife park. Named Makira Natural Park, the area is larger than the state of than the state of Rhode Island, and it provides a habitat for the highest diversity of lemurs on the planet, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced.

Mad frog bonanza: up to 36 new frogs discovered in tiny Madagascar forest

Story contains video Source: MongaBay, Fri April 20, 2012
A forest less than half the size of Manhattan sports an astounding number of frogs, according to a new paper in Biodiversity Conservation. Two surveys of Madagascar's Betampona Nature Reserve, which covers 2,228 hectares, has uncovered 76 unique frogs, 36 of which may be new to science.

New carnivorous mammal species found in Madagascar

Story contains video Source: BBC, Mon October 11, 2010
A new species of carnivorous mammal has been discovered in Madagascar.

New Madagascar leader sets agenda

Source: Al Jazeera, Fri March 20, 2009
Antananarivo, Madagascar - Madagascar's new leader has laid out his priorities after seizing power in an army-backed overthrow of the president.

Researchers Develop New Conservation Map For Biodiversity Hotspot this article opens in a new window

Source: Terra Daily, Sun April 13, 2008
York, UK (SPX) Apr 14, 2008 - A conservation biologist at the University of York is part of an international team of researchers that has developed a remarkable new road map for protecting thousands of rare species that live only in Madagascar. The researchers, including Professor Chris Thomas, prepared a detailed conservation plan for lemurs, ants, butterflies, frogs, geckos and plants across the 226,642-square-mile island, considered one of the most significant biodiversity hot spots in the world.

Giant “Frog From Hell"Fossil Found in Madagascar this article opens in a new window

Source: National Geographic, Tue February 19, 2008
Scientists working in Madagascar have found what may be the largest frog that ever lived?and it had an attitude to match, experts say.

In Madagascar, Pioneering a New Model for Conservation

Source: Conservation International, Sat February 09, 2008
Madagascar Wetlands - An innovative project in Madagascar pioneered a new model for managing the country's wetlands while also supporting the communities that depend upon these ecosystems for their livelihood.

Skies to be swept for alien life

Source: BBC News, Sat October 13, 2007
Hat Creek, California - The switch has been thrown on a telescope specifically designed to seek out alien life.

Al Gore & IPCC Share Nobel Peace Prize For 2007

Source: Scoop, Sat October 13, 2007
Oslo, Norway - The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 is to be shared, in two equal parts, between the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr. for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.

Madagascar Creates Millions of Acres of New Protected Areas

Antananarivo, Madagascar - The government of Madagascar has established 15 new conservation areas encompassing a total of 2.65 million acres (about a million hectares) on the East African island famed for its unique wildlife.

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