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The Red Book Challenge
"think small"
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Inspired by the work of Russell A. Mittermeier, former president of Conservation International (CI), The Red Book Challenge is a small scale conservation initiative started by two primate researchers working in Berenty Reserve in June 2012. The challenge is a partnership between two children's conservation clubs: one in Berenty village and one in the city of Fort Dauphin...

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Amber Walker-Bolton - profile

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Amber presenting at the Association for Chemoreception Sciences Annual Meeting 2011 © Amber Walker-Bolton

Present position: Researcher, Berenty Reserve
Dr. Walker-Bolton can be contacted directly at:

Amber Walker-Bolton began following lemur behaviour at Berenty Reserve in 2009 when she worked as a volunteer for Josia Razafindramana for six months. Following this experience, she returned to Berenty in 2010 to complete her masters dissertation fieldwork.

Amber Walker-Bolton completed the PhD program at the University of Toronto in 2017. Her thesis, "Male mating success in Lemur catta", explores how male-male competition impacts male mating success. A chapter of her thesis on sexual harassment and interruptions in ring-tailed lemurs is in preparation for publication. She completed her MRes in Primatology at Roehampton University in the UK. Her dissertation explored olfactory sexual signalling and mating success among two groups of wild ring-tailed lemurs and resulted in the research article " "Stink flirting" in ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta): Male olfactory displays to females as honest, costly signals" published in the American Journal of Primatology (doi 10.1002/ajp.22724).

Amber has worked as a field consultant for the BBC documentary Planet Primate and the IMAX film Island of Lemurs: Madagascar and the series by True to Nature titled, Gangs of Lemur Island. Past fieldwork has included one year in Costa Rica studying white-faced capuchin monkeys, and six months observing lemurs at Berenty Reserve, Madagascar. Amber continues to regularly follow the mating season at Berenty Reserve and current research interests include olfactory communication and reproductive success in ring-tailed lemurs.

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Amber teaching © Amber Walker-Bolton

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     Graduate Students of Dr. Mary T. Silcox, Ph.D. The University of Toronto at Scarborough, Department of Anthropology
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