project review

excitement is brewing in the Madagascar camp

Review submitted by Frontier MG
Review date 5 Apr 2017

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What an exciting few days here on the Madagascar camp! We kicked off the start of phase 2 with the arrival of 9 new Research Assistants, the atmosphere on camp is buzzing with activity and everyone is eager to begin their training for their various projects. Our RAs will be heading off in all sorts of different directions from our camp base! 

Some of our RAs will be going off to the schools in local villages to shadow the teachers there and may even take control of some of their own classes! As well as teaching, our RAs will join in all the fun extra-curricular activities, from football matches to school plays!

Whereas our marine conservation RAs are getting geared up to start their open water PADI SCUBA diving course and can’t wait to start exploring the underwater world from an utterly unique perspective. Whilst SCUBA diving our RAs will not only get to swim in amongst the fish but also carry out important marine biodiversity surveys to contribute to the on-going research we are carrying out! 

If that wasn’t enough our Madagascar forest RAs are eager to start heading out into the forest where they will carry out terrestrial biodiversity surveys and compile species inventories through various different methods such as setting up camera and canopy traps as well as night walks through the forest!

Whether it’s teaching, diving, beach conservation or heading out into the forest everyone is excited to be on camp! We've already been for a snorkel, spotting a pair of rare Longfin Spadefish and been for a hike through the forest! We were lucky enough to come face to face with a group of black lemurs! These wild animals showed no fear, coming within feet of us! Following this, we went for a tour of the local villages, visiting the newly opened school in Ampasapohy and stopping off for a dip in the crystal clear ocean! With all this going on in just the last couple of days, the next 10 weeks are going to be brilliant!