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2008-08-13 18:00:00

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 13, 2008) - Niko Resources Ltd. (TSX:NKO) reports results for the three months ended June 30, 2008. PRESIDENT'S REPORT to SHAREHOLDERS OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS New Ventures - In May of 2008, Niko signed a production sharing contract (PSC) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq whereby it will operate and currently has a 36 percent participating interest in the 846 square kilometre block. - In July of 2008, Niko signed a Heads of Agreement whereby it will...

2008-07-22 18:00:50

EnerMad Corp. (the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has executed a Heads of Agreement with Niko Resources Ltd. (TSX: NKO) ("Niko"), whereby it will farm-out an interest in its Grand Prix block production sharing agreement ("PSC") to Niko. The Grand Prix block covers oil and gas prospects in an area of approximately 16,845 square kilometers (4.1 million acres) situated in the Mozambique Channel offshore Madagascar's Morandava Basin on the west coast. Niko has committed to fund...

2008-07-22 14:30:00

Experts on Tuesday said the discovery of 30-40 endangered greater bamboo lemurs living far outside the only other area they were known to exist has renewed hope for the survival of the species. They were found in the Torotorofotsy wetlands of east central Madagascar, more than 400 km (240 miles) north of the isolated pockets of bamboo forest where the rest of the known populations of the species live. Edward Louis, a U.S. conservation geneticist who coordinated the joint research, said...

2008-07-13 15:00:16

Thirteen people, including eight Taiwanese businessmen in a stalled boat taking on water are missing off the Madagascar coast, sources said. An unidentified Chinese embassy official said the missing group, which also includes a Chinese national and four crew members, were traveling from Sainte Marie island near northeastern Madagascar, China's official state-run news agency, Xinhua, reported Sunday. Meanwhile, an unnamed source told the news agency the ship had begun taking on water...

2008-07-05 18:00:15

DUDLEY children have found the "write" lines to link up with a school in Madagascar, thanks to a pioneering conservation project at Dudley Zoo. Pupils at Hillcrest Secondary School, Netherton, have joined the zoo's fund-raising project to protect wildlife on the Indian Ocean island and are liaising via a zoo partnership. Zoo chief executive Peter Suddock said: "Hillcrest students were among the first in the region to sign up to our outreach programmes and learned all about the plight of...

2008-07-01 15:25:00

Herpetologists discover that a Malagasy chameleon spends most of its short life in an egg There is a newly discovered life history among the 28,300 species of known tetrapods, or four-legged animals with backbones. A chameleon from arid southwestern Madagascar spends up to three-quarters of its life in an egg. Even more unusual, life after hatching is a mere 4 to 5 months. No other known four-legged animal has such a rapid growth rate and such a short life span. The new research is reported...

2008-06-25 18:02:53

PAN AFRICAN MINING CORP. (TSX-V: PAF) (FRANKFURT: P2A) (the "Company") is pleased to announce that the Plan of Arrangement and related transactions (the "Plan of Arrangement") contemplated by the Arrangement Agreement dated May 9, 2008, as amended June 17, 2008 (the "Amended Arrangement Agreement"), among Asia Thai Mining Co., Ltd. ("ATM"), 0819615 B.C. Ltd. (the "Purchaser"), the Company and African Queen Mines Ltd. ("African Queen"), a newly formed subsidiary of the Company, has now been...

2008-06-19 03:00:27

PAN AFRICAN MINING CORP. (TSX-V: PAF) (FRANKFURT: P2A) (the "Company") announces that the Arrangement Agreement dated May 9, 2008, among Asia Thai Mining Co., Ltd. ("ATM"), 0819615 B.C. Ltd. (the "Purchaser"), the Company and African Queen Mines Ltd. ("African Queen"), a newly formed subsidiary of the Company, has now been amended by execution of a formal Arrangement Agreement Amendment dated June 17, 2008 (the "Amendment"). The Amendment increases the consideration payable under the...

2008-06-14 13:27:08

Global warming is forcing 30 species of reptiles and amphibians to move uphill as habitats shift upward, but they may soon run out of room to run. The shift could cause at least two toad species and one species of gecko in Madagascar to go extinct by the end of this century, a biologist says. Uphill movement is a predicted response to increased temperatures, researcher Christopher Raxworthy of the American Museum of Natural History says. Earlier studies in Costa Rica have provided...

2008-06-09 13:15:00

New research from the American Museum of Natural History shows animals are moving uphillNew research from the American Museum of Natural History provides the first detailed study showing that global warming forces species to move up tropical mountains as their habitats shift upward. Christopher Raxworthy, Associate Curator in the Department of Herpetology, predicts that at least three species of amphibians and reptiles found in Madagascar's mountainous north could go extinct between 2050 and...

Latest Madagascar Reference Libraries

Western Woolly Lemur, Avahi occidentalis
2014-04-17 10:05:39

The Western Woolly Lemur or Western Avahi (Avahi occidentalis) is a species of woolly lemur that is native to western Madagascar, where they live in dry deciduous forests. These nocturnal animals weigh about .7 to .9 kilograms. This species is folivorous. This species resides in monogamous pairs together with their offspring. The Western Woolly Lemur mostly consumes leaves and buds that derive from around 20 different plants which haven’t matured and have high levels of sugars and...

2013-04-23 13:18:30

The Madagascar Pochard (Aythya innotata) is an exceptionally rare diving duck belonging to the genus Aythya. Thought to be extinct in the late 1990s, specimens of this species were rediscovered at Lake Matsaborimena in Madagascar in 2006. Only 60 individuals remain after 18 ducklings hatched in a captive breeding center in April 2012. Based on the accounts written by Webb and Delacour’s in the 1920s and 1930s, it seemed that the bird was still relatively common at Lake Alaotra. The duck...

Greater Dwarf Lemur, Cheirogaleus major
2012-09-03 07:04:56

The greater dwarf lemur (Cheirogaleus major), also known as Geoffroy's dwarf lemur, is native only to the island of Madagascar. This species can be found in northern and eastern regions of the island, preferring a habitat within primary and secondary forests, or arid scrub areas. It is a nocturnal species that rests and sleeps in nests made of twigs, leaves, and grasses or in trees with hollow areas. It was thought that a color variation of the greater dwarf lemur, the greater iron-gray dwarf...

Sahamalaza Sportive Lemur, Lepilemur sahamalazensis
2012-08-08 09:26:25

The Sahamalaza sportive lemur (Lepilemur sahamalazensis) is native to the island of Madagascar, where its range is limited to the Sahamalaza Peninsula found in northwestern Madagascar. Because this area is a converging point for two types of habitats, including arid deciduous forests, this lemur resides in both primary and secondary forests. The Sahamalaza sportive lemur is a newly discovered species, along with 14 other members in the Lepilemur genus. Because of this, its taxonomic status...

Crowned Sifaka, Propithecus coronatus
2012-08-08 08:43:18

The crowned sifaka (Propithecus coronatus) is native to Madagascar, with a range that extends to the Mahavavy River in the southwest. The northeastern border of this range is the Betsiboka River. It has been reported that the crowned sifaka occurs in south and southeast Madagascar, which may broaden its range. It prefers to reside in arid deciduous forests in western Madagascar. The crowned sifaka can reach an average body length of 3.3 feet, with a tail length between 1.5 and 1.8 feet....

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