I’ve been really quiet for the past couple of months (sorry!) as lots of different things have been going on, but for the past few weeks i’ve been preparing for something super exciting! On the 9th of June i’m heading back to Madagascar to live in the forests again for 5-6 weeks!
So as some of you may know last year i went on my first expedition/field season to the dry forests of north west Madagascar with the conservation charity Operation Wallacea. The aim of this trip was to collect data for my Masters research project where i was looking at the impact of human disturbance on two lemur species, the Coquerel’s sifaka (Propithecus coquereli) and the common brown lemur (Eulemur fulvus), both pictured below.
The 6 weeks i sent in forest was easily one of the best experiences of my life, meeting amazing people, making life long friends, experiencing new cultures and of course seeing breathtaking habitats and animal/plant life. Leaving the forest was hard, with many of us shedding a tear. So of course i was going to do everything i could to get back there again this year. Thanks to an awesome reference and a couple of phone calls i was offered the position of Volunteer Coordinator with Opwall again at their Madagascar forest site, and i fly out a week today!
So, what does my job role involve. Well in a nut shell i will be working with volunteers both from school groups and university students from across the world, helping to organise their weekly schedules, as well as acting as a first point of contact for any issues or questions. An amazing opportunity for me to help educate volunteers on all things conservation in Madagascar, and pass on my love for the country, its people and its wildlife. I honestly can not wait to get back into the forest and work alongside Opwall and its volunteers/staff, as well as all the Malagasy staff and of course the amazing local community.
If you have any questions about what i will be doing in Madagascar or about Opwall please do contact me, i will be happy to answer anything. In the mean time you can always check out the Opwall Madagascar page, and also keep updated with my travels through my social media accounts (linked at the bottom of this blog).
I will leave you with the awesome picture of a local Malagasy boy walking his zebu through the village of Mariarano.
Till next time