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Introduction to Madagascar
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Madagascar, located off the southeast coast of Africa, is the fourth largest island in the world, measuring almost 1,000 miles north to south. It is widely considered among the top ten wildlife conservation priorities in the world because of the high diversity of species that exist only on the island and the very high rates of habitat loss due to human disturbance. Scientists believe that humans arrived on Madagascar from Indonesia about 2,000 years ago, and since their arrival may have contributed to the extinction of most of Madagascar's large animals, including the elephant bird, the largest bird to ever walk on earth, a pygmy hippopotamus, and at least 14 lemur species.

Field Notes

Three Years With Madagascar Fish Eagles (Ruth Tingay)

Ruth Tingay joined The Peregrine Fund's project in Madagascar in 1999 to study and understand the unusual breeding behavior we found in Madagascar Fish Eagles. Through this research she completed her Master's degree and has gone on to her Ph.D., both through Nottingham University, U.K. Ruth's focus and tenacity, and ability to turn adversity into "adventure," are great characteristics for any field biologist! Read her vivid account of three seasons of work in Madagascar's western wetlands, site of The Peregrine Fund's Madagascar Fish Eagle and Wetland Conservation Project.

Three Years with Madagascar Fish Eagles

Madagascar Field Notes, Fall 1995 (Rick Watson)

Rick joined The Peregrine Fund in 1990 to start up a new conservation project in Madagascar, and subsequently started a new project in Kenya and Ethiopia, and helped support others in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Ivory Coast. Director our The Peregrine Fund's international projects, Rick currently manages 15 projects in as many countries on three continents, including new efforts focused on the Asian Vulture Crisis (Pakistan, India and Nepal) and development of a regional program to conserve raptors in the Neotropics.

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