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.