We are pleased to announce that Daudet Andriafidison, Community and Conservation Programme Manager at Madagasikara Voakajy, has been selected among the 19 Disney Worldwide Conservation Hero. A great thank you to Lubee Bat Conservancy who nominated him!
The Minister of the Environment and Forests officially launched the Golden Mantella Frog conservation strategy in a ceremony in Moramanga, on World Wetlands Day. The strategy was prepared by the Malagasy government, Madagasikara Voakajy and Conservation International, and sets out a series of goals and objectives for the next five years. The Golden Mantella frog is Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and its remaining habitats in the Moramanga District are threatened by mining and deforestation.
We investigated habitat use by the endemic Malagasy bat Hipposideros commersoni in evergreen littoral rainforest during the wet season in 2006, in order to better inform conservation guidelines. We used radiotracking to locate roosting and foraging sites.
Andrianaivoarivelo, A.R., E.J. Petit, N. Razafindrakoto and P.A. Racey. 2012
Revue Ecologique (Terre et Vie) Vol. 67:179-191
|Commerson’s leaf-nosed bat (Hipposideros commersoni)|
Hipposideros commersoni is the largest insect-eating bat found on the island of Madagascar. Weighing around 60g and often living in large colonies in caves it is frequently hunted for its meat by people, especially in the west and south. Because of hunting pressure and loss of forests, where this species feeds, it is considered Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List.
Initially, we studied how this bat species used forest vegetation for roosting and feeding, working in both dry deciduous and humid littoral forests. We also looked at the diet of this bat species in these habitats. Our interest then turned to sites where this bat roosts in caves, and we focussed our efforts in the Anjohibe area north of Majunga. Although this is a Near Threatened species, hunting for subsistence use is legal between February and April. We are now trying to understand the impact of this hunting on the bat populations and the importance of the bat meat to human populations.
Some results of our studies about this bat species can be found here: