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Madagascar: Part Six: Life in Camp

By Jenny Carew To live in the middle of the Malagasy rainforest for 10 days will certainly come with it’s challenges. Home comforts are stripped bare, and everyday things we take for granted are replaced by natures refreshing, yet challenging alternative. With no electricity in the daytime (only by solar panels), no wifi, phone signal, showers or running toilets, it was back to basics and I was ready to disconnect…

Madagascar : Part Five: Protecting the Lemurs

By Jenny Carew We left camp at 6am to hike through thick rainforest before the heat of the day set in. Lemur walks was one of the hardest routes on the expedition. A mixture of steep climbs through rough terrain in the humid rainforest called for frequent re-hydration breaks and intervals to ease burning calf muscles and heavy backpacks. We were with a great team from Madagascar Vokajy, a charity…

Madagascar: Part Four: Travelling to Camp [2/2]

By Jenny Carew https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtIh33UhA2A Watch the video about this blog here (Filmed with Olympus Tough TG - 5) The day we entered the rainforest had arrived and there was a sense of anticipation in the air. We planed to leave the hotel in the early morning to ensure we had enough time to travel to the basecamp, set up our tents and settle in to camp before nightfall. We brought…

Madagascar: Part Four : Travelling to Camp [1/2]

By Jenny Carew https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtIh33UhA2A It was the early hours in the morning, 3am to be precise; I arrived at Manchester Airport, ready to meet the Chester Zoo team. The airport was somewhat deserted at this hour, silent with the odd squeak of trainers as workers began their day and people sleeping on the benches waiting for their flight. I met the team at check in, our long trail of luggage…

Madagascar: Part Three: Training for the Jungle

By Jenny Carew To prepare for our time in the jungle, I joined the Chester Zoo team for multiple training sessions. These made sure that we were ready and equipped to live in the rainforest for 10 days. Over the course of a few weeks we met up for different training sessions, including healthcare, equipment and practical skills. The World Travel Clinic gave a great talk about what we may…

Madagascar: Part Two: Packing for An Adventure

By Jenny Carew So, as the departure date looms for the beginning of the expedition with Chester Zoo, the packing has begun! But what should I take for two weeks of travelling when you have to carry all of your own kit? Lightweight is a priority, alongside items I can wash, dry and don’t have to iron. I’ve handpicked my key pieces which are lightweight, packable, and full of technology…

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Madagascar: Part One: We partner with Chester Zoo to help save the Lemurs

Craghoppers is proud to support Chester Zoo with their conservation projects. Our latest venture, which focuses on Madagascar, aims to help protect the wild lemurs in the rainforest. Join us as we embark on a series of blogs to bring you all of the news from the rainforest and a behind the scenes glance of our latest conservation project. Recently, our representative Jenny Carew joined the Chester Zoo team to…

Chester Zoo staff expedition to Madagascar

By Claire Raisin, Field Programmes Coordinator The Chester Zoo 2018 staff expedition, aims to assist our partners, Madagasikara Voakajy (MV), with a number of their ongoing conservation project activities. It will strengthen the zoo’s partnership with MV but also to provide opportunities for staff to get involved with the conservation activities that the zoo supports, and to gain experiences they would not necessarily obtain through their day to day work.…