The Cook Museum of Natural Science is currently being represented in Madagascar by our Education Manager, Toni Bruner. Toni is taking time during her trip to write in to share with us her experiences. Below is her first blog post:
A Dream Come True…
Madagascar, a hotspot for biodiversity is often referred to as “The Eighth Continent.” With an extremely high level of endemism (90% of species not found anywhere else) and an immense biodiversity, Madagascar is a place most scientists only dream of visiting. Therefore, you can imagine the excitement I felt when I received a call from biologist Shelly Taliaferro offering me the opportunity to join AUM (Auburn University of Montgomery) on a two-week study abroad program to explore the island.
The Madagascar trip will involve thirteen days to explore the world’s 4th largest island! Arriving in the capital city, Antananarivo, we will traverse many different habitats including: high plateaus, rainforest, and dry spiny forest, as well as coastal areas, where we’ll snorkel a coral reef.
Be sure to check back next week to hear all about our first week’s adventures, including lemur encounters, night hikes, visits to artisan workshops, a stay at the Center ValBio (an international center for research, training, and biodiversity), and a canoe trip down the Andranaroa River.
Education Manager, Cook Museum of Natural Science