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For 6 weeks I will study the different factors affecting lemur community ecology in the north-west regions of Madagascar.
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Hi everyone, my name is Darcie. I'm a 21 year old undergraduate student from the University of Nottingham, England studying Animal Science. I'm currently in my third year, studying conservation biology and wildlife management at the Universität für Bodenkultur in Vienna Austria. 

I'm planning my dissertation thesis for this summer (2019) where i'm heading to Madagascar to complete a 6 week fieldwork expedition studying a variety of factors affecting the community ecology of different lemur species. I will be joining the Operation Wallacea research team consisting of a dedicated group of scientists all experts in their field.

The reason for this project is to aid and justify the continued protection of lemurs and other endemic species found on this incredible island. Lemurs are known to be crucial to the delicate balance of ecosystems, however the effects of recent changes mostly caused by humans have altered this balance, which is why this research is critical to furthering our understanding the effects, for example habitat loss, have on lemur community structure. Ultimately helping ensure the stability and preservation of ecosystems as a whole. 

To be able to collect the latest data for my thesis I need to be in the field on site. The unique habitat and species found in Madagascar is present nowhere else, making it an unique area to study. Due to its remote location, there is still data missing from the species that live here, which is why there is a lot of ongoing research to improve this understand.

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This expedition alone is costing me nearly £3500 with flights, equipment and visas on top. In total this will come to around £5000. So far in my planning I have been funding this by my self, but I am going to need some help to reach the full amount, and make this project happen.

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    Pictures taken in the field

    Receive digital photos of amazing wildlife and scenery found nowhere else on the plant, including of course glimpses of wild lemurs in their natural habitat.

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    Copy of my written research project

    Get an early copy of my research dissertation. Describing my findings on the different factors affecting lemur community ecology in the remote regions of north-west Madagascar. This paper will shed light on the devastating impact of deforestation and other anthropocentric factors has on this delicate ecosystem, and why it's charming array of endemic species including the lemurs deserve and require our protection.

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    Photo book

    Get a 20 page 7x5 soft covered photo book containing some of my best shots. This will give you an idea of the fantastic wildlife and nature found in this remote area of Madagascar. I hope to capture the best of what this island has to offer, photographing some of the rarest and most endangered species of lemur found no where else.

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