Tell us a little bit about the history of Madagasikara Voakajy
Madagasikara voakajy (MV) is a Malagasy association dedicated to conserve the endemic and endangered species of Madagascar in order to develop Malagasy local community livelihood. MV was created in 2005 by a young Malagasy researcher. Their work started with bats but now, MV has more than 20 projects related to other fauna and flora species.
Where is Madagasikara Voakajy located?
MV’s office is based in Tana but we have 3 other offices in 3 regions in Madagascar (Diana, Alaotra Mangoro, Menabe) and working in 11 districts in 5 regions in Madagascar.
We are working with 5 different animal groups (Mammals, reptilian, Amphibia, Fish and Birds) project and a plant (baobab) project.
Which lemur species do you work with?
We are working now with 9 Lemurs species: 5 nocturnal including Eastern woolly lemur (Avahi laniger), Aye-Aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis), Goodman’s Mouse lemur (Microcebus lehilahytsara), Weasel sportive lemur (Lepilemus mustelinus) and Greater Dwarf lemur (Cheirogaleus major) and 4 diurnals : Indri (Indri indri), Gray bamboo lemur (Hapalemur griseus), Diademed Sifaka (Propithecus diadema) and Brown lemur (Eulemur fulvus).
How does Madagasikara Voakajy help lemur conservation?
In addition to the research and conservation project, we empower youth in the local community to be the Lemurs ambassador.
We have a project funded by SOS which aim to train youth for new agricultural techniques to be models in their community and be ambassadors of Lemurs.
What are some of MV’s recent achievements?
In September 2017, we finally got a picture of an Aye-aye by a Camera trap in Mangabe’s protected area after 3 years of setting up the Camera trap. Currently, Aye-ayes are victims of a cultural superstition in the region that we work. Even our local agent wouldn’t tell us during our surveys when they found Aye-ayes since there’s a belief that seeing them will be a sign of bad luck.
In January 2018, we confirmed the presence of Weasel sportive lemur (Lepilemur mustelinus) in our protected area by a photo that we received during an ecological research of lemurs in the North part of Mangabe protected area.
What are some goals and expectations that Madagasikara Voakajy has for the future?
Our expectations for the future are to set up a data base of the Lemurs population to see the trend regarding the habitat loss. Like this, conservation decision in the co-joint protected area of Mangabe will be efficient.
Do you have volunteer opportunities at MV ?
We do not have yet volunteering opportunities in our NGO. But we will let it know in our website if there is some in the future.
What do you need donations for right now?
For right now, we need donation to allow us make a population survey to see the trend of the population by radio-tracking. For that we need to set up radio(VHF) collar to one individual for each group. Like this, we can make the conservation decision efficiently and to have a quantitative data about the population of Lemurs in MV`s protected areas.