Black-and-white ruffed lemurs are important indicators of rainforest health.
New research shows that slowing deforestation is the most essential step for saving Madagascar’s lemurs, and can help protect them against the longer-term threat of climate change.
The aftermath of tropical cyclone Idai, which made landfall near Beira, Mozambique earlier this year.
flickr/ Climate Centre
As storm directions change, countries that are outside the usual tropical storm zones need to ready themselves.
Only one third of women in Madagascar get prenatal care in the first trimester.
Providing affordable pregnancy tests to women in low-resource countries is a critical, yet under-appreciated, way to improve their health.
The conservation concern about these
Mantidactylus frogs has been underestimated - until now.
Mark D. Scherz
The Red List ranks species based on how threatened they are. But it can be inaccurate.
Giraffes prefer the open space and scattered trees of the African savanna.
Ecological literacy is needed to guide global tree planting initiatives to avoid damaging some ecosystems.
Smoking is a threat to public health.
Ghana is the latest country in Africa to mandate the use of pictures on cigarette packages to convey health warnings.
Sunset at Madagascar’s avenue of the baobabs in Morondavo.
President Rajoelina’s five-year term, starting in 2019, may be the last chance to avoid habitats and species from going extinct.
A modern mouse lemur
Microcebus sits upon the cranium of an extinct Megaladapis lemur.
Dao Van Hoang www.daovanhoang.com
A series of new studies sheds light on the population crash and extinction of the giant birds, lemurs and more that roamed the island until around A.D. 700-1000.
An adult male “Mini mum”, one of the world’s smallest frogs, rests on a fingernail with room to spare.
Dr Andolalao Rakotoarison
The largest of these frogs could sit happily on your thumbnail. The smallest is just longer than a grain of rice.
The change in leadership is one of the factors that led to the decriminalisation of homosexual relationships in Angola.
Angola’s new President João Lourenço has shown some willingness to engage in more inclusive politics.
Some tropical frogs may be developing resistance to a fungus that has devastated species like
Atelopus varius, the variable harlequin frog.
A look at new research published in 2018 on fossa, deepsea corals and tropical frogs developing resistance to a deadly fungus.
Ranomafana National Park.
A recent spate of attacks have left local people scared for their safety in rural Madagascar, threatening vital conservation work in the nearby rainforest.
Heavy rains driven by a cyclone in Sana’a, Yemen.
The frequency of intense tropical cyclones is increasing in the South Indian Ocean - a region that previously didn’t have these.
Rice fields in Madagascar. There is a project in the country to increase climate resilience in the rice sector.
The private-sector plays an increasing role helping agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa adapt to a changing climate.
Malagasy people take part in famadihana, the ritual of the dead, to honour their ancestors.
Tee La Rosa/Flickr
Africans have steadfastly responded to oppression through culture.
Fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox) at the Houston Zoo.
The fossa, Madagascar’s largest predator, is a cat-like carnivore that eats everything from insects to lemurs. Because they are rare and elusive, scientists know very little about them, including how many there are.
A fisherman holds up the saw of a sawfish caught in Madagascar. The species is dwindling along the coasts of Madagascar and Mozambique.
Ruth H. Leeney
Africa’s remaining sawfishes are found along the coasts of Madagascar and Mozambique. But they are under threat.
Since independence in 1960, Madagascar has experienced a handful of political crises.
A major challenge for Madagascar’s new president will be to create jobs, especially in the industrial and service sectors.
An example of woody plant encroachment over Eagle-Siding in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. D Edwards (1954) and James Puttick (2010).
Images courtesy of rePhotoSA.
Woody plants’ cover has increased across large swathes of the continent in the past three decades.
The endangered Coquerel’s Sifaka lemur.
The endangered species list is over 90 000 and includes Madagascar’s lemurs.