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, 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.
In order to strengthen the capacity of Malagasy researchers and staff from NGOs working on the wildlife trade in Madagascar, Madagasikara Voakajy organized a five-day training workshop in March (16th to the 20th of March 2015). Attendees to the workshop included CITES Authorities (Management Authority and Scientific Authority), Universities (DBA, DBEV, ESSA-Forêts, IHSM Tuléar) and researchers from NGOs working on Malagasy wildlife trade and conservation, with representatives attending from Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Amphibian Specialist Group Madagascar, Asity Madagascar Association, Vahatra Association, Conservation International, Royal Botanical Garden-Kew, Traffic International, Mitsinjo Association, MadagasikaraVoakajy, Missouri Botanical Garden. The workshop was organized by Madagasikara Voakajy Madagasikara Voakajy and funded by the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE), University of Kent, UK.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Christian Randrianantoandro. Herpetology Notes 5: 165-166
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The Belalanda Chameleon Furcifer belalandaensis has puzzled biologists for decades. It is restricted to three coastal villages in the south-west of Madagascar.