• Red-ruffed lemur. Photo: Fandroakando

    Madagascar: Rabondro Reserve, conserving lemurs and other threatened species

  • Panther chameleon. Photo: Fandroakando

    Madagascar: Rabondro Reserve, conserving lemurs and other threatened species

  • Rufous vanga. Photo: Fandroakando

    Madagascar: Rabondro Reserve, conserving lemurs and other threatened species

In Brief

Location:

Antongil Bay in northeastern Madagascar

Goal:

Protect Rabondro reserve and its wildlife and restore the forest in degraded areas within it.

Conservation Value:

Rabondro Reserve is expected to contain a significant store of biodiversity due to its location on Antongil Bay and proximity to Parc naturel de Makira (the largest protected area in Madagascar) and Parc nacional de Masoala. (the largest national park in Madagascar), A primate survey, funded by Global Wildlife Conservation, is being conducted in January, 2021 in collaboration with the Association des Guides d'Andasibe to collect baseline data on the lemur species that occur in the reserve. There is potential to eventually establsh ecological connectivity with the Parc nacional de Masoala.

Threats:

There are eight communities with an estimated total population of 20,000 people living around the Rabondro Reserve, which until recently has not been properly protected. The main threats to the reserve are the growing demands for land for subsistence farming (slash and burn practices for rice production), illegal logging for charcoal and precious woods (e.g., Madagascar rosewood), unsustainable collection of non-timber resources (e.g., honey, wax, tubers, bark, and medicinal plants), some artisanal mining, and poaching.

Actions & Results:

Establish a robust system of reserve management that includes four rangers who do regular patrols, the creation of interpretive trails within the reserve, engagement with local community and schools, and operating tree nurseries for forest restoration.

Project Field Partner:

Fandroakando NGO

Size of Area Involved:

3,000 hectares

Cost:

US$14,000 for the project's first three months; budget thereafter is pending.

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The Aye-aye, which has been observed on Rabondro reserve, is a nocturnal lemur with an unusual feeding technique. It taps on trees to find grubs, then gnaws holes in the wood using its forward-slanting incisors to create a small hole in which it inserts its extremely long and  narrow middle finger to pull the grubs out.  The species is Endangered and declining in number.

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