Saturday night we arrived back in Antananarivo after a relatively quick 9 hour bus trip. The distance covered was only about 300ks but the road conditions are so bad that the average speed is around 40kph.
The week in Mariarano and the secondary camp Matsedroy were very intensive, with the students walking around 15ks each day. These were broken down into 3 sessions, the first from 6:30am to around 12pm. The second short at 3pm and the final usually 7pm to as late as 12:30am depending on the activity.
Remember we were in an isolated area and Matsedroy camp was a 2 hour hike from the main base. All supplies were brought in by Zebu cart. So the order of the day was shanks pony.
The activities consisted of herp( reptile) survey, lemur survey, bird netting and spot surveys and invertebrate surveys. Students were able to photograph and handle a variety of fauna.
Meals mainly consisted of rice with beans cooked in a variety of ways.
Despite the long hours, heavy walking and rough conditions the students handled it all amazingly well. Their enthusiasm was commented on by the opwall staff and they did the college proud.
9 students, 2 teachers and the land of biodiversity.
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