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Madagascar Biodiversity

lemurAs the fourth largest island in the world, Madagascar has a land area of approximately 226,000 square miles and a population over 20 million (with 3% per annum growth).  As such, the island has produced a variety of unique species and is susceptible to declining habitats as the population increases:

Threatened Plant Species: 2008

Vulnerable – 117
Endangered – 101
Critically Endangered – 62
Extinct – 4

Threatened Animal Species (IUCN critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable): 2008

Mammals – 47
Birds – 35
Invertebrates – 32
Fish – 21
Reptiles – 20
Amphibians – 8

Scott Artis
Scott serves as Director of Development & Communications for Audubon Canyon Ranch (focusing on preservation, education and conservation science) and has almost fifteen years of experience spanning for-profit and nonprofit sectors in biotech, wildlife conservation and management, communications, and philanthropy. In addition to a strong track record in organizational growth and leadership, he is the founder of Urban Bird Foundation and Burrowing Owl Conservation Network, and presided over ECHO Fund, a coastal protection and restoration organization, as President for four years. Scott holds an M.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Sustainable Development and Policy, degrees in Micro & Molecular Biology and Environmental Sciences, and has complemented his studies with a Master's certificate in Environmental Resource Management.


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