Daniel Austin

Daniel Austin

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Daniel Austin is co-author of a number of books on Madagascar, namely Madagascar: The Bradt Travel Guide, Madagascar Highlights and Madagascar Wildlife: A Visitor's Guide. As a full-time Madagascar specialist, Daniel visits the country at least once a year to lead group tours, lecture on cruises, and carry out research. Additionally, he is a photographer specialised in Madagascar, especially its unique wildlife. He is also Secretary of the Anglo-Malagasy Society, which promotes Madagascar's interests in the UK, as well as founder of the Madagascar Library, an archive of over 4,000 historical and contemporary books and documents about the country. Daniel's fascination for Madagascar stretches back to his childhood passion for nature. He later studied Linguistics at UCL in London and at the University of Cambridge, writing his master's thesis on Malagasy culture, before focusing his attentions on exploring the broader zoological, botanical, cultural, linguistic and historical wonders of this exotic Indian Ocean destination. He has lectured on the subject at venues including the Royal Geographical Society and Oxford University.

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On the road in Madagascar

To celebrate the launch of the new edition of our Madagascar guide, author Daniel Austin took over our Instagram to share some of his photos and stories from his many trips to the island.

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Madagascar’s famadihana – the turning of the bones

Visitors to Madagascar shouldn't miss a famadihana – the Malagasy bone-turning ceremony. 

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Where, when and how to look for invertebrates

Find out where to see Madagascar's incredible invertebrates with our handy guide.

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