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African adventure follows A-levels.

Teenager Edward Green will celebrate the completion of his A-levels in the African wilderness.

As soon as he finishes his exams in art, design and geography at St Bede's RC School in Lanchester, County Durham, the youngster will get a five-week geography lesson with a difference.

He will learn jungle survival during five weeks on the remote island of Madagascar, home to many unique species such as lemurs, giant tortoises and elephant birds.

Edward, who lives with parents Simon and Fiona in Station House, Station Road, Lanchester, is one of only 40 youngsters from across Britain to be chosen to take part in the British Schools Exploring Society (BSES) expedition to Madagascar.

They will be going into the jungle to observe and record the habits of lemurs, many species of which are under threat, as well as conducting bird and fish surveys and exploring the coastline in traditional wooden boats.

The census and survey work will be complemented by practical conservation work such as path maintenance to protect the fragile rain forest, and collecting specimens of rare trees to be replanted in nurseries.

Edward and his fellow adventurers will be given jungle survival and fieldwork training as well as lectures by leading conservationists.

They also have to raise pounds 1,500 towards the cost of the expedition and Edward, who intends to follow in his father's footsteps and train to be a landscape gardener when he returns, has received assistance from local gardening firms. He leaves for Madagascar in mid-July.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 9, 2007
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