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All the latest news from Madagasikara Voakajy, the Malagasy biodiversity organisation dedicated to the conservation of endemic vertebrates and their habitats in Madagascar.

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.

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 conservation status of over 70 chameleons, plus another 250+ other lizard and snake species was assessed in a workshop organised by Madagasikara Voakajy and Conservation International from 24 to 28 January 2011. The workshop was facilitated by the IUCN and over 20 expert herpetologists took part. We are grateful to the Darwin Initiative, Conservation International and the Mohammed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund for supporting the workshop.

Although lemurs, tenrecs, bats, wild birds and  bush pigs are eaten by people in urban areas in western Madagascar, bushmeat contributed no more than 10% of the household meals reported during the study.

Two of our Malagasy students from the University of Antananarivo recently obtained degrees following the successful public defence of their research projects on the use of wild animals as food.