From 11th to 14th of August, Raphali Andriantsimanarilafy, reptiles lead researcher at Madagasikara Voakajy, followed a training Distance Sampling at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. The main objective of this training is to help researchers in the world working on population assessment to have a good knowledge on how to use and how work Distance software. Distance sampling is one method using point or line transect for collecting data in the field. Many researchers from different country or institutions working on different taxa attended this workshop. The training was given by the experts on Distance Sampling from the University of St Andrews. Back in Madagascar, he used (and will continue to use) his newly learned skills to analyse our existing data, and design future research on reptiles and other species within our organization.
Mantella cowanii is classified as Endangered by the IUCN red list of threatened species due to its very restricted area of occupancy to a few sites. In addition to that, the species is mainly threatened by the habitat loss. The conservation efforts through the Action Plan Mantella cowanii (APMC) seem to be positive for the species has been down listed from Critically Endangered to Endangered in 2014.
Calumma tarzan, or Tarzan’s chameleon, was discovered in 2009 in the Anosibe An’Ala district.Subsequent research shows that this species is endemic to the district, where it is only know from three small forest fragments: near the village Tarzanville, Ambatofotsy forest and Ampotaka forest.
This winter in the UK (summer in Madagascar), the Bat News of Bat Conservation Trust features the Bats of Madagascar. Read the full article here ( Bat News Winter 2015).
Management Plan - Ampotaka/Ankorabe New Protected Area. November 2014
Management Plan - Ambatofotsy New Protected Area. November 2014.
|Saving the Golden Frog|
The biggest threat to the survival of these frogs is the destruction of their key habitats.They use quite small areas of rainforest but are only found in sites that have temporary forest ponds – where they lay their eggs. These ponds are threatened by expanding agriculture and mining.
Our approach is to firstly engage all stakeholders to develop a comprehensive strategy for the survival of the species. Next, we support stakeholders implement the key elements of the strategy, or do so ourselves.
The main components of this project are currenty:
· Suppporting local communities to patrol key breeding ponds in the Mangabe new protected area
· Assissting the Ambatovy Project to ensure that its mining operations deliver a net postivie impact on the species
· Raising local pride in the species and its habitats
· Restoring, and conserving, key areas of forest within new protected areas