MCAS Virtual Community Program - NOV 21st - Madagascar - Africa’s Ghost Island

Village of Antanambao - Photo by Sunni Black

MCAS Virtual Community Program

Title:              Madagascar - Africa’s Ghost Island

Presenter:    Bill Toone, founder of the ECOLIFE Conservation

Date/Time:    November 21, 2022, at 7:00 pm

ZOOM info below.


The story covers 5 years of travel through northeastern Madagascar starting with a biological transect that led to living and working in the small village of Antanambao. There I met Emilien, a toddler of about 18 months. For a few years we were inseparable and during that time, he taught me more about conservation than I had absorbed from years of schooling and decades of work. Through this presentation I hope to share the revelation he brought to me and present a more cohesive plan for saving our own future on this beautiful planet.


Bill Toone is an internationally recognized conservation biologist. He helped to develop some of the techniques that led to the highly publicized and groundbreaking recovery of the California condor. This work created an international reputation that led to in-situ conservation work in 30 countries over the last 4 decades. He has led biological transects and expeditions through the rainforests of Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, Cameroon, and many other remote areas – most of these in collaboration with his wife Sunni.

Bill has appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, worked on wildlife films with Olivia Newton-John, was featured in the PBS documentary The Real Jurassic Park, and appeared on the CBS Sunday Morning Show with Charles Osgood. Bill is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, author of On the Wings of the Condor, and founder of ECOLIFE Conservation, a unique conservation/humanitarian non-profit organization.

Bill and his wife Sunni live in Escondido, California where they enjoy gardening, woodworking and their pets.

All MCAS Community Programs are free and open to the public. As always, all ages are welcome. No signup/registration required to attend.

For questions, email Wendy McKeown, MCAS Programs Chair,

ZOOM Info:

Morro Coast Audubon Society is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

There is no need to pre-register. Simply sign in on the correct date and time.

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In case you need this: Meeting ID: 227 248 5901; Passcode: morrocoast

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