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Watching Crowned Sifaka in the Amboloando Forest with IMPACT Madagascar

In this blog post, Koloina Rafenoherilala, a member of the LCN, takes us to Amboloando Forest, which is 359 km west of Antananarivo, in the commune of Dabolava, district of Miandrivazo. She visited this area to conduct research with IMPACT Madagascar. One of the most fascinating things about this place is the presence of crowned sifakas. She shares her experience of visiting this place in her blog. 

Location of Dabolova

About the Amboloando Forest

I conducted my research in the Amboloando Forest in collaboration with the non-profit organization IMPACT Madagascar.

The forest is situated in the Dabolava commune of the Miandrivazo district, in the Menabe region. If you follow the national road 34, it is approximately 359 km west of Antananarivo. From the Dabolava commune, it takes a 2-hour walk to reach the forest.

Objective of My Visit

Crowned sifaka family. Photo: Cat Rayner.

I aimed to review the results of support and assistance in agriculture and livestock provided to the local management committees (VOIs).

Almost all local communities rely on agricultural production using the slash-and-burn method or “tavy”. The area also faces drought, which is the primary cause of forest destruction.

These challenges motivated Impact Madagascar to support the local population and protect the Amboloando forest wildlife. The organization provided training and assistance in agriculture and livestock to the local management committees (VOIs) working in the forest.

The survey conducted during the visit aimed to gather feedback about the results of this assistance.

Watching a Crowned Sifaka Group

A notable feature of the area is the sight of crowned sifakas. While grassy mountains surround the Amboloando forest, it is home to many various plants and animal species, including birds, reptiles, and pigs.

It was surprising to learn that the area has protected forests, even in seemingly barren places. The local management committees (VOIs) work hard to protect the forest and the environment, even though it is far from their homes.

Gold Mining in the Area

The population in Amboloando is primarily engaged in gold mining and faces security challenges. Despite this, they work together to put out fires and protect the environment!

The author, Koloina Rafenoherilala, takes a selfie with children who live near the Amboloando Forest.

My Message about Amboloando Forest

If you love nature, protecting animals, and playing sports, Amboloando forest is the perfect place for you.

It is also an excellent location for researchers. Few have conducted research in the area, and the crowned sifaka lemur is in danger of disappearing.

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