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Madagascar Creates Nation’s First Community-Led Marine Protected Areas

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Madagascar Creates Nation’s First Community-Led Marine Protected Areas
(April 23, 2015) NEW YORK (April 22, 2015)—The Government of Madagascar commemorates Earth Day with the formal creation of three community-led marine protected areas that will double the surface of the country’s marine protected area network, according to WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society).On April 21, the Malagasy Government granted permanent protection to 27 protected areas, including the country’s first three community-led marine protected areas: Soariake Marine Park in the island nation&rs...

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Fête for the Silky Sifaka

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Fête for the Silky Sifaka
(April 07, 2015) Silky sifaka lemurs (Propithecus candidus)–or Simpona in Malgasy–are critically endangered and found in low numbers in Makira National Park in northeast Madagascar. Like most species on this island off the east coast of Africa, they are found nowhere else on Earth. In fact, their presence in Makira was only detected in 2008 during a Wildlife Conservation Society ecological survey.In honor of this primate, the first annual Silky Sifaka Festival was recently held in the village of Anda...

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