Trip scholar

Dr Charlie Gardner, Research Associate, Conservation scientist, writer and environmental activist.

Charlie grew up in Mauritius and completed his PhD at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) at the University of Kent in 2014 on the management of Madagascar’s new, multiple-use protected areas. From 2005 to 2015, he was based in Madagascar, where he worked with WWF, Blue Ventures Conservation and other NGOs on the country’s ambitious ‘Durban Vision’ to triple the extent of the protected area network. His book, Life Amongst the Thorns – Biodiversity and Conservation of Madagascar’s Spiny Forest (co-authored with his wife, the photographer, Louise Jasper) was published in 2015 by John Beaufoy. For more information, there is a Q&A about Dr Gardner, his experiences, and his work in Madagascar on the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust website here.


  • Group size limited to just 15, with expert naturalist guiding as well as lectures and insights from accompanying trip lecturer, Dr Charlie Gardner.
  • Delight in finding a diverse range of the island’s 33 species of lemurs, a primate found nowhere else on earth.
  • Discover totally unique flora and fauna – 5% of all known animal and plant species worldwide are found only in Madagascar.
  • Learn about some of the island’s six incredible endemic Baobab tree species.
  • Enjoy some of Madagascar’s glorious white sand beaches and unspoiled Indian Ocean coastline.


8–21 August 2022


From £3,595 per person (single room supplement £630)

More information

Cut off from the African mainland more than 100 million years ago, the flora, fauna and wildlife of Madagascar have evolved independently from the rest of the world. As a result, nearly eighty percent of its species exist nowhere else on earth. Despite deforestation, the island remains one of the most beautiful and fascinating places on Earth, and much of its natural heritage continues to flourish in its parks. On this journey, under the expert guidance of conservation scientist, Dr Charlie Gardner, you will explore Madagascar’s fascinating national parks in search of lemurs, chameleons, orchids, baobabs, geckoes, and so much more.

Further details & bookings

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