About Us

Madagasikara Voakajy uses conservation science and community participation to protect endemic Malagasy species and their habitats. We currently have projects devoted to chameleons, frogs, bats, and baobabs and a number of cross-programme strategies allow these different activities to be integrated.

Our Mission

1. Livelihoods and exploitation

It is important to understand how biodiversity functions as an economic resource and whether it provides opportunities for conservation or threats to populations and habitats. We are interested in the consumption of wild animals (bats, lemurs, frogs) by people and how this contributes to income generation and food security. The threats associated with bushmeat are also being explored, and these include the risk of pathogen transfer from animals to people and the consequences of unsustainable exploitation on population persistence. We are also investigating other ways that our focal species may be exploited to improve livelihoods, including ecotourism, direct payments for conservation and community-benefits for trade in CITES Appendix II species.

2. Applied re earch and conservation science

Decisions about conservation management and resource allocation are best made with robust scientific data that holds up to scrutiny. We therefore strive to conduct high quality research and publish it in peer-reviewed journals. Where possible we make our research projects relevant to conservation and livelihoods. For example, we are using results from a studies on diet and movements by flying foxes to promote their conservation as seed dispersers. Only though a better understanding of the ecology our our focal species can we hope to tailor appropriate conservation plans.

3. Education and Capacity Building

Education is the conrnerstone of community conservation and we always engage local people in the sites where we work. Indeed, our focal species tend to either be unprotected (e.g. bats), occur outside of protected areas (e.g. Mantella aurantiaca) or are neglected by other conservation teams (e.g. chameleons) and community participation and cooperation is therefore essential.

Through our student training programme we continue to nurture the next generation of Malagasy scientists. However, we also believe that capacity needs to be supported after its creation and we therefore aim to build the careers of promising Malagasy biologists through employment in Madagasikara Voakajy.

4. Site-based Conservation

Increasingly we are becoming involved in conserving critical habitats for our focal species. These sites are usually small forest fragments that have been overlooked in conservation planning but are vital for the survival of certain fruit bats as well as threatened amphibians.

Meet the Team

Julie Hanta Razafimanahaka

Director

Julie has been director of Madagasikara Voakajy since 2011. She represents the organization within Madagascar and over the world. Daily, she maintains the links with our partners, raises funds for implementing our projects, and provides guidance to the team to best run our projects and achieve our mission. Passionate about bats and lemurs, she enjoys talking about Madagascar's amazing species to kids, youths and the wider communities.

Raphali Rodlis Andriantsimanarilafy

Species & Conservation Programme Manager

Raphali is a biologist by training. He is mostly interested in chameleons and is part of Madagascar’s Chameleon Specialist Group. Since 2017, Raphali manages our Species and Conservation Programme. In this role, he supervises research on other taxa such as lemurs, bats, birds and amphibians. His research focus includes species biology and distribution, and how they are harvested and used by people.

Dr Daudet Andriafidison

Community & Conservation Programme Manager

Daudet is a biologist by training, with a particular interest on bats and their interactions with plants. Since leading the protected creation process within Madagasikara Voakajy in 2008, Daudet has slowly moved from pure biology to community development and conservation. With this perseverance, Daudet was awarded the Disney Conservation Hero Award in 2014. He continues to lead our community and Conservation Programme which ensures the creation and sustainable management of protected areas and community reserves.

Species and Conservation Programme

Josué Rakotoarisoa

Research Assistant

Josué is a biologist by training. He joined Madagasikara Voakajy in 2013 to assist in the biodiversity surveys during the P4GES project P4GES project. He is particularly interest in amphibians.

Eddie F. Rakotondrasoa

Eddie joined Madagasikara Voakajy in 2012 to assist our research team in Mangabe protected area. Currently, he leads the monitoring and evaluation of the golden mantella population in this protected area and their habitats. He supports the Mangabe project team in implementing specific actions to ensure the conservation of the species.

Pierre Razafindraibe

Leads the salvage of the golden mantella frogs in the Ambatovy mining area. Pierre is a biologist with various interests. When he started working with Madagasikara Voakajy, he focused on the golden mantella frog. Currently, he leads our lemur monitoring initiatives within Mangabe protected area

Alain Jean Victorien Rakotondrina

Alain is a Research assistant in herpetology research project. He is also focal point for Tsinjoarivo-Ambalaomby future new protected area.

Randriamialisoa

Randriamialisoa is a Research assistant in herpetology research project.

Gilbertho Andrianantenaina

Field assistant for herpetology project research.

Jacyntha Ambinintsoa

Lemurs project officer and communication

She is a conservation biologist by training. Lemurs lover, she leads the research project on lemurs in the new protected area of Madagasikaravoakajy. She is also the Madagascar project officer of the Civil Socity Organisations (CSOs ) capacity building in the Madagascar and Ocean Indian (MADIO) region with Tropical Biology Association (TBA) founded by the Critical Ecosystem Partner Found (CEPF).

Sustainability and Outreach Programme

Félicien Randrianandrianina

Western Projects Leader

Félicien is a biologist by training. During his career, he also developed skills and knowledge in investigating interactions between people and biodiversity, particularly on bushmeat hunting. He conducted further studies on sustainable management. Currently, he leads our projects in northwestern Madagascar within the Sustainability and Outreach Program. He runs two key projects at Madagasikara Voakajy: (i) Lake Tseny and its biodiversity conservation, and (ii) investigating communities’ implication in illegal wildlife trade.

Victor Rakotomboavonjy

Victor leads field teams to collected information on bushmeat consumption. Victor has been working with Madagasikara Voakajy team since its creation and even before. Originally from a village near Maromizaha forest, he started by helping our team to find bat roosts there and monitor them. Subsequently, he helped us finding more bat roosts around the Ankeniheny-Zahamena corridor. Victor easily gets on with communities in rural areas. With this unique skill, he is a strength in researches involving people, and also when running awareness campaigns and community engagement projects.

Communities and Conservation Programme

Voahirana Claudia Randriamamonjy

Project leader

Voahirana leads the Mangabe-Ranomena-Sasarotra project, the largest protected area we are in charge of. She also represents Madagasikara Voakajy in the Alaotra-Mangoro Region and ensures the coordination of our office in Moramanga. Voahirana is an agronomist but has also studied conservation and land management. With these skills, she designs and implements training program for community members where they can learn sustainable farming techniques adapted to the local conditions.

Razafindrakoto Noromampiandra

Project leader

Noro leads our projects in Anosibe An’Ala district. Biologist by training, she is particularly interested in bats. The two protected areas in Anosibe An’Ala have bats among the target species. In her role, Noro also had to develop skills and knowledge in community development. Her major challenge is to stop people from using fire in agriculture.

Dr Mahefatiana Ralisata

Project leader

Mahefa is a biologist by training with particular interest on bats. Her PhD was on the biology and ecology of the eastern sucker-footed bat. She manages our project in Ambatondrazaka District including management of four protected areas: Analalava, Analabe-Betanatanana, Ampananganandehibe-Behasina ary Mahialambo. She is the responsible of research on bat, awareness and environmental education while assisting students on their research projects.

Riana Ramandimbiniaina

Riana joined our team recently. She is in charge of monitoring the Rain Forest Trust (RFT) funded project in Madagascar. She is based in the MV Tana office.

Fetra Arivony Rakotondrazanany

Baobab Project Officer - Menabe Region

Fetra is also a bat biologist by training but currently, he is running our baobab conservation initiative in the Menabe Region. Fetra’s current challenge is to ensure that communities near the baobab resources benefit equitably from the baobab fruit harvesting and transformation processes. In that role, he collaborates with both public and private institutions.

Tonisoa Ivoandry Ranaivoandriamanantena

Baobab Project Officer - Diana and SAVA Regions

Tonisoa is the only botanist of Madagasikara Voakajy. He is particularly interested on baobabs and leads our research projects in SAVA and DIANA Regions. His research focuses on the restauration of the Endangered Perrier’s and Diego’s baobab populations in the wild. In addition, he helps the project leaders at all the protected areas where we work in designing and starting forest restauration initiatives.

Jessica Raharimalala

Youths & Lemurs Project Officer

Jessica is in charge of running our ‘Youths and Lemurs’ project within Mangabe Protected Area. She is based in Moramanga. She would like to share her passion of wildlife with people living in Moramanga and to contribute to the conservation of natural habitats and endangered species of this district.

Aro Sitraka Rajoelinomenjanahary

Mangabe Project Assistant – Conservation

Aro Sitraka is a Project Assistant within the Mangabe-Ranomena-Sahasarotra protected area. He is in charge of conservation activities by leading awareness and enforcement missions, supporting the community-based organizations involved in managing the protected areas, and managing the biodiversity and threats monitoring database.

Diane Fanjaniaina Andriambao

Mangabe Project Assistant – Development

Diane is an assistant in the Mangabe project. Passionate about and skilled in agriculture and animal breeding, she is in charge of supporting communities to increase their yields; in order to meet their annual needs and ultimately, have some reserves.

Lahadison Rolland

Rolland is a field assistant based in Ampahitra village within Mangabe-Ranomena-Sasarotra protected area. Living in this village, his role is to ensure smooth communications between MV office and the communities in the eastern part of the protected area. With a unique writing skill, Rolland participates in all important meetings we organize and is in charge of taking the notes.

Jean Felixon Jean Louis

Félixon is a field assistant based in Lakambato village within Mangabe-Ranomena-Sasarotra protected area. Living in this village, his role is to ensure smooth communications between MV office and the communities in the southern part of the protected area. Before joining Madagasikara Voakajy, Félixon collected products from the forest for his subsistence. His knowledge of Mangabe forest and its biodiversity is therefore very handy.

Luciennot Raharinjanahary

Field Assistant

Luciennot is one of our field assistants. He helps researchers and project leaders in implementing the project activities. He is skilled in conducting social interviews. He also intervenes in the collaboration with the local communities in two Regions of Madagascar: Alaotra-Mangoro – particularly Ambatondrazaka district, and Diana.

Andrilala Lalanirina Andrianandrianina

Field Assistant

 Andrilala is one of our field assistants. He helps researchers and project leaders and implementing the project activities. He particularly works in Ambatondrazaka District, where we are managing four Protected Areas.

Faly Berthino Rakotonandrasana

Youths & Lemurs Project assistant

Faly assists Jessica on running our ‘Youths and Lemurs’ project within Mangabe Protected Area. He is based in Moramanga.

Thierry Ranomenjanahary

Field Assistant

One of our field Assistant. `He is based in Anosibe An’Ala district where he assures the communication with local communities concerned by New Protected Area Mangabe.

Bellarmin Razafindrakotoniaina

Field assistant

One of our field Assistant. He is based in Anosibe An’Ala district where he assures the communication with local communities concerned by New Protected Area Mangabe.