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Madagascar Research and Conservation Institute - Forest Conservation

Organisation: Madagascar Research and Conservation Institute

Country: Madagascar

Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation

Madagascar Research and Conservation Institute - Forest Conservation

Madagascar's 103 species of lemur are almost all classed as rare, vulnerable or endangered and face dangers primarily from habitat destruction

Madagascar also houses over 300 species of frog, 99% which are endemic to Madagascar and many reptiles including snakes, tortoise, iguanas and the iconic chameleon which vary greatly, ranging from the bright and colourful tree living species Furcifer pardalis to the tiny ground dwelling Brookesia minima. 

We use a variety of field survey techniques to assess the biodiversity of the following;

  • Lemurs – Species ID, behaviour monitoring and population assessments carried out at designated observation sites.
  • Small Mammals – Catch and release techniques through pitfall & Sherman traps.
  • Reptiles & Amphibians – Pitfall traps and active forest searches.
  • Birds – Visual and vocal identification

Forest volunteers receive species identification training to conduct field surveys, set up equipment, collate data and analyse findings. 

The Turtle Cove Research Facility is situated on Nosy Komba Island, North West Madagascar. Our eco friendly facility has a main lodge with a dining and deck area which is used at meal times, for meetings, lectures and general relaxation. There is direct access onto a small private beach and the views extend far across to the Lokobe Nature Reserve.

Volunteers are accommodated in communal bungalows adjacent to the main lodge. The ablution facilities are modern with filtered running water and flush toilets.

Volunteers are provided with 3 meals a day and fresh drinking water.  Additional treats and refreshments can be purchased at our onsite tuckshop. 

Other Projects by this Organisation

  • Madagascar Research and Conservation Institute - Marine Conservation

    MRCI's Marine program involves a variety of projects focused on the protection of the marine ecosystem surrounding our Nosy Komba Turtle Cove Research Centre. We work in collaboration with a number of oceanographic organisations to gather vital raw data, monitoring change and finding ways to prevent long term damage to habitats and ecosystems.

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  • Madagascar Research and Conservation Institute - Forest Conservation

    Madagascar boasts an array of distinct ecosystems and unique wildlife with 92% of its mammals, 95% of its reptiles, 89% of its flora and 60% of its birds are found nowhere else on earth. Madagascar has lost around 90% of its natural forest habitat due to the rise in demand for timber, agricultural land and mining. This has led to a vast loss of native forest and fragmentation of habitats. At MRCI we study the diversity and abundance of forest and wildlife species to identify changes in forest dynamics, populations, habitat health and to identify potential localised threats

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