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Chameleon 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. 

     

  • 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.

                                                                               

  • Initiating Village-based Chameleons Conservation in Southern Madagascar

    Madagasikara Voakajy and the regional office of the Ministry of Environment and Forests in Toliary organized a workshop in March 2011 to develop a Species Conservation Strategy for the Belalanda Chameleon, Furcifer belalandaensis. This species was considered to be among the most threatened chameleon in the world. Found only around Belalanda village, west of Toliary, this chameleon is threatened by an increase in tree harvesting for charcoal. These trees are important habitats for the Belalanda chameleon. Currently, the status of the Belalanda Chameleon as a separate species is being re-questioned following genetic analysis. Nonetheless, the activities planned in this project will benefit three other endemic chameleon species, including the Vulnerable Furcifer antimena.

     

  • On the track of the Angel's chameleon

     Angel's chameleon, Furcifer angeli is an endemic chameleon of Madagascar. Its distribution is limited to the north-western part of the country. Like most Malagasy chameleon species, international trade of the Angel's chameleon has been suspended for several years, due to lack of proof for its sustainability. In 2012, the scientific and management authorities of the CITES convention in Madagascar assessed this species as presenting low risk for international trade. In April 2013, a team from Madagasikara Voakajy carried out a fieldwork to assess the population of F. angeli and identify potential sites for the collect. Data collected from this fieldwork will also be used to determine a sustainable quota for this species. Two main areas were visited: Marosely in Sofia Region and Andranomiditra in Boeny Region. Surprise: only 22 individuals were found during a ten nights search in Marosely; no individuals were found after nine nights search in Andranomiditra. What's going on? We are now comparing our results to that of previous years. Habitat preference is also analyzed to review the species' area of occurrence.

     

  • University of Kent professor visits our project

    Lenari, our indri lemur mascot, greets Professor Richard Griffiths of the University of Kent, at our Moramanga office. Professor Griffiths was visiting as part of the Darwin Initiative chameleon project.

  • Extinction Risk Assessed for Malagasy Chameleons

    The conservation status of over 70 chameleons, plus another 250+ other lizard and snake species was assessed in a workshop organised by Madagasikara Voakajy and Conservation International from 24 to 28 January 2011. The workshop was facilitated by the IUCN and over 20 expert herpetologists took part. We are grateful to the Darwin Initiative, Conservation International and the Mohammed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund for supporting the workshop.
  • The Belalanda Chameleon

    The Belalanda Chameleon is one of Madagascar's rarest animals. It is only known from a tiny area to the west of Toliara where it survives in degraded habitats. We are working with WWF to prevent the extinction of this species and had a planning meeting last week in Toliara about launching an environmental education project in the two sites where this species is known to occur.
  • New Chameleon Specialist Group

    A Chameleon Specialist Group has just been established by the IUCN Species Survival Commission. It will bring together experts on all African, middle-eastern, Asian and European chameleon species and aims to promote conservation efforts and sustainable use.

  • 2010 International Year of Biodiversity

    We recently (24-26 May) participated in the celebrations organised by the Ministry of Environment and Forests in Antananarivo for the International Year of Biodiversity.

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Chameleon Publications

  • file iconExtinction Risks and the Conservation of Madagascar's Reptiles. 2014

    Jenkins, R.K.B., Tognelli, M.F., Bowles, P., Cox, N., Brown, J.L., Chan, L., Andreone, F., Andriamazava, A., Andriantsimanarilafy, R.R., Anjeriniaina, M., Bora, P., Brady, L.D., Hantalalaina, E.F., Glaw, F., Griffiths, R.A., Hilton-Taylor, C., Hoffmann, M., Katariya, V., Rabibisoa, N.H., Rafanomezantsoa, J., Rakotomalala, D., Rakotondravony, H., Rakotondrazafy, N.A., Ralambonirainy, J., Ramanamanjato, J.-B., Randriamahazo, H., Randrianantoandro, J.C., Randrianasolo, H.H., Randrianirina, J.E., Randrianizahana, H., Raselimanana, A.P., Rasolohery, A., Ratsoavina, F.M., Raxworthy, C.J., Robsomanitrandrasana, E., Rollande, F., van Dijk, P.P., Yoder, A.D. & Vences, M.  PLoS ONE, 9, e100173.

  • file iconNew distribution record of the critically endangered chameleon Calumma tarzan

    Christian Randrianantoandro. Herpetology Notes 5: 165-166

  • file iconPopulation assessments of chameleons from two montane sites in Madagascar

    Randrianantoandro, J.C.R., Andriantsimanarilafy, A.R., Rakotovololonalimanana, H., Hantalalaina, E.F., Rakotondravony, D., Ramilijaona O.R., Ratsimbazafy, J.H., Razafindrakoto, G. F. and Jenkins, R.K.B. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 5:23-31.


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Belalanda Chameleon

The Belalanda Chameleon Furcifer belalandaensis has puzzled biologists for decades. It is restricted to three coastal villages in the south-west of Madagascar.

<em>Furcifer belalandaensis</em>