Video of NOV 21st Community Program - Madagascar-Africa's Ghost Island

Photo of the village of Antanambao, Madagascar (by Sunni Toone)

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[This was an engaging program by a seasoned presenter. Don't miss it!]


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.