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.
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We are working to identify the priority reptile species for conservation and sustainable use. In 2011 we led the project to include all Malagasy snakes and lizards on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. This has enabled us to focus current research and conservation efforts on the most threatened species, and we are currently working on four Critically Endangered species: Tarzan's chameleon, Belalanda Chameleon, Ankaratra Gecko and Antanosy Gecko.
Equally, some species of reptile are not particularly threatened and occur in large numbers of a wide area. When these species can attract commercial interest from international pet markets we are working with the Malagasy CITES authorities to ensure that any export of reptiles does not adversely impact wild populations.