Photo Credit: Planet Madagascar

Working with communities to save Endangered lemurs in Ankarafantsika National Park

28.01.2021

CONSERVATION PROBLEM

Despite the fact that the Ankarafantsika National Park is a protected area, its wildlife is continuously threatened by bushfires, deforestation, and hunting activities. Approximately 95% of fires in Western Madagascar are caused by humans, and are the result of activities such as slash-and-burn agriculture and charcoal production. The park is home to five Endangered lemur species. Protecting it from the threat of fire is essential in order to continue to build forest corridors and expand lemur habitats.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

  • Protect and expand the lemurs’ threatened habitat;
  • Improve the livelihoods of impoverished communities through a fire management and forest restoration program that will hire local residents and teach them alternative farming techniques.

PROJECT ACTIVITIES

  • Carry out 12 weekly fire patrols within the 8000-hectare fire management zone;
  • Engage existing fire teams and hire new staff to continue to monitor the forest;
  • Train staff on fire management techniques, safety and data collection;
  • Train local livestock keepers on sustainable farming alternatives;
  • Host two annual events to raise awareness on lemurs;
  • Transport and plant 60’000 trees in the 75-hectare corridor.


Go to top