Would you like to travel through Madagascar starting August 10-27, 2013? This unique experience presents a one-of-a-kind opportunity to travel to exotic Madagascar in the company of Dr. Ian Tattersall, world-renowned lemur expert, and Lee Nesler, Executive Director & CEO of the Lemur Conservation Foundation. This isn’t just one of your average tours of Madagascar; this is an extraordinary chance to get to know this strange island along with a more personal, first-hand introduction to the lemurs!
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We will trek across the island exploring the diverse ecosystems in search of one of the planets most endangered primates, lemurs while we learn about their biology by an expert in the field, Dr. Tattersall.
Spend 16 days experiencing the spectacular biodiversity of Madagascar and have the chance to interact with various types of lemurs and other species that exist nowhere else on Earth.
- Explore the rainforests of Andasibe and Mantadia National Parks.
- Hear the haunting call of the Indri-Indri, the world’s largest lemur.
- Discover the majestic beauty of Isalo National Park.
- Visit the stunning northwest coast of Anjajavy.
- Stay in Madagascar’s top lodges as well as some charming and more remote camps.
Cut off from the African mainland well over 100 million years ago, the flora and fauna of Madagascar’s teeming forests have evolved independently, almost as though on another planet. The result: nearly 80% of its species exist nowhere else on Earth.
12,000 species of plants and 45% of its 270 bird species are endemic. Known as the “Great Red Island,” because of the eroding soil that stains the rivers and deltas crimson, you’ll travel in search of lemurs, chameleons, orchids, baobabs, aloes, geckoes, sifakas, and octopus trees.
Despite the negative images often portrayed of Madagascar as a result of environmental degradation, it remains one of the most beautiful and fascinating places throughout the world. You’ll discover Madagascar’s rich natural and cultural history from the original settlement of the Indonesian, Malaysian, and African peoples, to tribal development, European discovery, pirate influence, creation of separate kingdoms, unification, and ultimately independence.
Dr. Ian Tattersall is currently Curator Emeritus in the Division of Anthropology of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Born in England and raised in East Africa, he has carried out both primatological and paleontological fieldwork in countries as diverse as Madagascar, Vietnam, Surinam, Yemen and Mauritius.
Trained in archaeology and anthropology at Cambridge, and in geology and vertebrate paleontology at Yale, Tattersall has concentrated his research since the 1960s in three main areas: the analysis of the human fossil record and its integration with evolutionary theory, the origin of human cognition, and the study of the ecology and systematics of the lemurs of Madagascar.
His current major research interest lies in systematics within the genus Homo and in the origin of modern human cognition as it relates to more general patterns of innovation in the hominid family.
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