Saving Critically Endangered lemurs in the Corridor Ankeniheny-Zahamena

28.01.2021

CONSERVATION PROBLEM

More than 325’000 people live around the Corridor Ankenihey-Zahamena protected area. Each year, the population faces decreased crops which forces people to seek food in the forest. In order to satisfy the increased demand for bushmeat in towns, people hunt and poach protected species. As a result, these activities contribute to the loss of the most threatened species in the Corridor. Several species previously protected by communities in accordance with cultural taboos are now threatened, and most traffickers are not punished. The involvement of the local community is therefore crucial to ensure a viable future for various Critically Endangered lemur species.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

  • Prevent the local extinction of Indri, Diademed Sifaka and Black and White Rufed Lemur;
  • Work with teachers, children and youth to promote lemurs as a form of Malagasy cultural heritage;
  • Improve the livelihoods of local communities through participatory monitoring and income generation activities;
  • Strengthen the capacities of Malagasy scientists to study lemurs.

PROJECT ACTIVITIES

  • Train patrollers on improved methods for lemur data collection;
  • Train the local community on Climate Smart Agriculture techniques and provide necessary material;
  • Encourage the government to enforce laws that regulate the use of wildlife;
  • Host various lemur awareness events for the local community and in schools;
  • Install a seedling nursery and carry out necessary reforestation activities.


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