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Species News from the Field

  • Capacity building highlights in 2015

    From 11th to 14th of August, Raphali Andriantsimanarilafy, reptiles lead researcher at Madagasikara Voakajy, followed a training Distance Sampling at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. The main objective of this training is to help researchers in the world working on population assessment to have a good knowledge on how to use and how work Distance software. Distance sampling is one method using point or line transect for collecting data in the field. Many researchers from different country or institutions working on different taxa attended this workshop. The training was given by the experts on Distance Sampling from the University of St Andrews. Back in Madagascar, he used (and will continue to use) his newly learned skills to analyse our existing data, and design future research on reptiles and other species within our organization. 

     

  • Herps team surveying the population structure, microhabitat and activities of Mantella cowanii

                    Mantella cowanii is classified as Endangered by the IUCN red list of threatened species due to its very restricted area of occupancy to a few sites. In addition to that, the species is mainly threatened by the habitat loss. The conservation efforts through the Action Plan Mantella cowanii (APMC) seem to be positive for the species has been down listed from Critically Endangered to Endangered in 2014.

  • Calumma tarzan

     

    Calumma tarzan, or Tarzan’s chameleon, was discovered in 2009 in the Anosibe An’Ala district.Subsequent research shows that this species is endemic to the district, where it is only know from three small forest fragments: near the village Tarzanville, Ambatofotsy forest and Ampotaka forest.

                                                                               

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New Publications

  • file iconBat News Winter 2015

    This winter in the UK (summer in Madagascar), the Bat News of Bat Conservation Trust features the Bats of Madagascar. Read the full article here (icon Bat News Winter 2015).

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    Management Plan - Ampotaka/Ankorabe New Protected Area. November 2014

  • file iconPAG_NAPAmbatofotsy

    Management Plan - Ambatofotsy New Protected Area. November 2014.


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Sucker-footed bats: one of Madagascar's strangest animals
Madagascar's sucker-footed bats have round adhesive discs where most other bats have claws.

There are two species of sucker-footed bats in Madagascar, one confined to dry areas in the west and one to the humid areas in the east. Whilst neither of these bats are of significant conservation concern they are of enormous evolutionary interest and have become the focus of research studies in recent years.

Sucker-footed bat high up in a Travellers' Tree Surveying sucker-footed bat roosts

Our project is in collaboration with Professor Paul Racey and is funded by the Leverhulme Trust. We seek to develop a better understanding about the ecology of the eastern sucker-footed bat and in particular learn more about is association with the Travellers' Tree in which it is normally found roosting.