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Chasing Lemurs: My Journey Into the Heart of Madagascar

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This inspiring memoir of one woman's experience in the field is an exotic adventure story, a surprise journey of self-discovery, and a deeply personal appreciation of a place that's unlike any other.At age twenty-five, graduate student Keriann McGoogan traveled into the wilds of Madagascar to study lemurs in their natural habitat and to set up a permanent field site in the ...more
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Published March 27th 2020 by Prometheus Books
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Diane S ☔
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
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3.5 Prior to reading this book, the only information I knew about Madagascar was from watching the Disney movie. This book is chock full of the culture of this country, of the different types of lemurs found there, and how much work it takes to plan an expedition, as well as all the things that can go wrong.

For her PhD thesis, Kerriann, decides to study the lemurs in Kasijy. They have the most diverse species of lemurs of anywhere in the world. She hopes to attain enough data and information if
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Maureen Caupp
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very interesting read. I enjoy reading about women in science. This book was about Keriann McGoogan's first trip to Madagascar. Her adventures and the challenges she and her group faced in reaching the remote planned research site and collecting data. It is a story of her personal growth, lemurs, and what she learned about Madagascar and the people in the region. Unfortunately lemurs and many other of Madagascar's animals are endangered and disappearing due to human activity. Keriann however, ...more
Wendelle
This book is written by the communications and outreach officer of the nonprofit organization, Planet Madagascar. It is a lively, engaging, colorful, animated account of her experiences in fieldwork in Belize and Madagascar, as well as her life odyssey up to that point. The focus is on day-to-day anecdotes that convey the pursuit of a PhD in Biological Anthropology. She also outlines the prospects and struggles for lemur conservation, as well as the structural hardships of local people, the peop ...more
Shannon Rochester
May 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and Prometheus Books for my digital copy in exchange for an honest opinion.

I have loved lemurs for awhile now so when I saw a book with the word lemur in the title, I had to read the synopsis about it. When I saw that it was a nonfiction book about a girl on a field study, I wasn't 100% sure about it but I still decided to go forth and give it a shot. I had heard of lemurs before I worked at a zoo for a year back in 2015 but I really had only known there were ring tailed l
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Alison
This was a fun adventure to read about, as we follow Keriann McGoogan's first trip to Madagascar to study Lemurs
The story takes place in a time when the author was a graduate student, traveling into a remote area in the northwest of the country, working to later be able to return to do her research for her PhD in biological anthropology.
In the beginning she is accompanied by her thesis advisor, who soon after they arrive in the area where they want to set up camp, needs to head back home, leavin
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Angel
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book cause I love a good memoir and it did not disappoint. Dr. Keriann MacGoogan, a primatologist working on her research of Lemurs in Madagascar took me on an adventure. As she recounted the process, the preparation required, unforeseen struggles, and victories, I felt I was right there with her. I only know of Jane Goodall, whom she mentioned several times in the book, so if you know Jane, you’ll be happy to meet Keriann. Her journey into the Madagascar forests opened my eyes to ...more
Barbara
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kerriann McGoogan falls in love with primates, lemurs to be exact. What's not to love? They are cute, intelligent, and a lot like us. Lemurs live in Madagascar. They are critically endangered. This book is about Keriann's experience as a grad student setting up a project to study lemurs in a section of the Madagascar rainforest and the challenges the team she was part of faced.
I love these books because I am not a good traveler but I was to know about these far-flung parts of the world and the
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Anjana
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an unexpectedly straightforward read for a non-fiction title. Usually, it takes me a while to plod through even the most simple of stories like these because I am more of a quick fiction reader. Either I am learning to read other types of titles, or this was written for people like me, and at this point, I am heavily leaning towards the latter.

There are some petty reasons why I am not giving this a full five stars. If possible, I would have given it a 4.5, but that’s not an option anywh
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Mackenzie Baranski
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Chasing Lemurs is a novel that made me feel like I was on an adventure. A book about exploring the nature of Madagascar and scouting out lemurs. What isn’t to love?

This novel tells the story of Kerriann traveling to Madagascar in hopes of studying lemurs. We follow her adventures, along with some misadventures, as she travels north with her project crew from the capital of Madagascar, Antananarivo, eventually ending up in the remote area of Kasijy Reserve.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this
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Serendipity
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was such an educational and enjoyable read for me. In one of my alternative lives I’d be a wildlife biologist. At the very least I’d visit Africa, not just for the traditional safari tour but for as many wildlife experiences as I could manage, especially in hotspots like Madagascar. In Chasing Lemurs, based on a trip made for the author’s PhD research, I got a realistic insider’s look at all that can be involved in fieldwork - language and cultural barriers, the special difficulties women c ...more
Brooke Crowley
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you want an accurate description of what it is like to work in Madagascar, look no further. Dr. McGoogan’s book takes the reader to Madagascar in 2006. It conveys both the excitement and challenges surrounding fieldwork through the eyes of a young doctoral student. The book is charming but also presents some of the real hardships endured by both field researchers and the people with whom they work. I enjoyed it very much and look forward to reading more of Dr. McGoogan’s work.
Bill Leach
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
The author tells her story of a trip to Madagascar to carry out a research project on lemurs. She encounters difficult travel conditions and when one of the researchers develops malaria, the project is aborted.

The book does give a feel for the country and describes the main threats to the countries animals and forests - clearing of land for rice production, logging for charcoal, and feral dogs.

Some of the species are described, but little other information is provided.
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