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.
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, 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.
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 ( Bat News Winter 2015).
Management Plan - Ampotaka/Ankorabe New Protected Area. November 2014
Management Plan - Ambatofotsy New Protected Area. November 2014.
|Bushmeat: lemur conservation and legal hunting|
Madagascar has a comprehensive set of wildlife laws that gives protection to many species, including all lemurs, and permits the managed hunting of other species. We have studied peoples' use of wild animals in Madagascar for food since 2007 and conclude that illegal hunting of protected species is rife and lemurs are often targetted. It does appear though that the two main drivers for this illegal primate harvest are (i) peoples' poor knowledge about the law and (ii) a lack of access to cheaper domestic meats. Our ongoing project work, through a collaboration with Bangor University, seeks to deploy science to improve the conservation of hunted wild animals, by reducing the illegal harvest of protected species and promoting the sustainable and equitable use of species that can be legally hunted for food.