Team Radespiel has finished their first mission of 2018. The team is back in Madagascar for May until November of 2018.
As with any project in Madagascar, the journey was full of car trouble, but the team eventually reached a site with plenty of lemurs and other interesting animals.
The chosen site was in the Mariarano watershed, an area of great biological diversity and beauty. One of the reasons that so much biodiversity is left in the Mariarano region is that local fady (taboos) prevent people from hunting lemurs.
The team was very busy in Mariarano collecting samples from mouse lemurs, sifakas, and rodents. Some of their sites were inaccessible by land, so trapping was done via the river. This provided a very picturesque scene for the trapping, but also very interesting distribution patterns of animals along and across the river leading to some exciting results.
The team is back in the beautiful seaside town of Mahajanga to prepare for their next six weeks in Mariarano. More updates to follow!