Madagascar

Though it is barely the size of Texas, the African island of Madagascar is home to more than 300 species of frogs, over half the world’s chameleon species, and extraordinary levels of herpetofaunal endemism—91% of its reptiles and 99% percent of its amphibians occur nowhere else in the world. I first traveled to the island with mantella frogs on my mind but once I arrived I found it was more than just the amphibians that I appreciated. Eventually the village of Andasibe became my home and here, with the community-run conservation organization Mitsinjo, over a period of six years I helped develop the country’s first conservation breeding facility for threatened amphibian species. Below are some photos, both from work and leisure.

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