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Restoring baobab populations in Madagascar
Baobabs
Written by Julie Razafimanahaka   
Monday, 22 April 2013 09:57

Six of the nine species of baobabs in the world are endemic to Madagascar. Three of them are Endangered according to the IUCN Red List: Grandidier's baobab (Adansonia grandidieri), Perrier's baobab (A. perrieri) and the Diego baobab (A. suarezensis). The first is only found in the western part of Madagascar while the latter two are endemic to the northern tip of the country. Together, they are threatened by low recruitment in the wild. To mitigate this threat, we initiated a program to restore the baobab population in western and northern Madagascar.

 

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What conservation action for the Diego Baobab?
Baobabs
Written by Julie Razafimanahaka   
Saturday, 02 June 2012 14:52

The Diego Baobab, Adansonia suarezensis, is Critically Endangered on the IUCN RedList. The population in Diego do not think conservation efforts are required for this species. What should be done?

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University of Kent professor visits our project
Chameleons
Written by Richard Jenkins   
Thursday, 09 February 2012 10:32

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.

University of Kent meets Lenari

 
Golden Frog Strategy Launched
Bats
Written by Richard Jenkins   
Thursday, 17 March 2011 08:46

The Minister of the Environment and Forests officially launched the Golden Mantella Frog conservation strategy in a ceremony in Moramanga, on World Wetlands Day. The strategy was prepared by the Malagasy government, Madagasikara Voakajy and Conservation International, and sets out a series of goals and objectives for the next five years. The Golden Mantella frog is Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and its remaining habitats in the Moramanga District are threatened by mining and deforestation.

Commercial importance

 
First results of our bushmeat surveys
Livelihoods
Written by Richard Jenkins   
Friday, 17 September 2010 08:00
Although lemurs, tenrecs, bats, wild birds and  bush pigs are eaten by people in urban areas in western Madagascar, bushmeat contributed no more than 10% of the household meals reported during the study. Request publication.
 
Potential ecotourists not put off by information about a killer frog disease
Frogs
Written by Richard Jenkins   
Thursday, 01 July 2010 14:01

The fungus called Bd is a major threat to the world's amphibians and information placed in national parks in Madagascar about this disease would not deter ecotourists a new study has found.

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A conservation strategy for the Antanosy gecko
Geckoes
Written by Julie Razafimanahaka   
Friday, 03 August 2012 16:46

The Antanosy gecko, Phelsuma antanosy, is Critically Endangered species in the IUCN Red List. It is only found in the Anosy Region, in southeastern Madagascar, particularly around the QMM mining area. A workshop aiming to develop a Conservation Strategy for this species was organized on 13-15th June 2012 at the Hotel Marina, Fort-Dauphin.

The vision for the conservation of the species, defined at the workshop was: "The conservation and sustainable use of the Antanosy gecko and its habitats by all stakeholders enhance the development of Anosy Region". Three goals, nine specific objectives and 90 actions were defined. The Strategy document will be available in November 2012.

The workshop has seen the participation of local communities, local and regional authorities, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and conservation organizations working in the Region. We are grateful to all participants and funders: Fauna and Flora International and Qit Minerals Madagascar.

 


 
Combating lemur hunting in Lakato
Education
Written by Richard Jenkins   
Thursday, 09 February 2012 10:59

Efforts to halt the slaughter of lemurs continue in Lakato in the Zahamena-Ankeniheny corridor

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World Wetlands Day in Andasibe
Education
Written by Richard Jenkins   
Thursday, 09 February 2012 10:23

We participated in the International Wetlands Day festival in the town of Andasibe in eastern Madagascar. Marionettes were used to deliver conservation messages about golden frogs and our mascot, Lenari, kepy lemur conservation on everyones' minds!

World Wetlands Day

 

 
Extinction Risk Assessed for Malagasy Chameleons
Chameleons
Written by Richard Jenkins   
Tuesday, 15 February 2011 14:28
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.
 
Students graduate from bushmeat studies
Education
Written by Richard Jenkins   
Monday, 05 July 2010 08:05

Two of our Malagasy students from the University of Antananarivo recently obtained degrees following the successful public defence of their research projects on the use of wild animals as food.

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Bringing biodiversity to secondary schools
Education
Written by Richard Jenkins   
Monday, 28 June 2010 14:41

43 prize-winning secondary school pupils were taken on a 2-day visit to Analamazaotra Special Reserve to learn about biodiversity and the environment.

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