Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments

  Research, Education and Community Outreach

    With a focus on Madagascar

Madagascar: The Forest of Our Ancestors


"As dusk begins to settle, the yellow and black spiny tenrec, Hemicentetes semispinosus, emerges from a log with ten tiny copies of herself, all searching in the leaf litter for insects. At the first sign of danger, the mother tenrec shakes her quills and her babies jump on her back. She jumps up and down stiff-legged to frighten the enemy, with her collar of quills standing straight up to make her look bigger. Then she charges like an angry bull. The mother seems oblivious to the fact she is only 7 cm long. A giant land snail, bigger than a human fist and hoping for dinner, meanders toward a mushroom that is emerging from the wet leaf litter. A golden bamboo lemur, Hapelemur aureus, leaps to the ground, reaching over for a growing bamboo shoot. It takes 20 minutes for him to gnaw the shoot free from the ground. The conical shoot is longer than the lemur, but he hauls it up to a branch 10 meters in the air, a safe perch for relishing this protein-filled treat. The tree ferns give a lacey glow to the forest as the activity changes from day to night."  - Patricia Wright, in Madagascar: The Forest of Our Ancestors

Hard Cover with large high quality full-color pages.
Published and printed in France by Regard du Vivant

Available from ICTE's Stony Brook office. 
On SALE now for $50, ., plus $10 for shipping.

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