Seventy-four wildlife cameras (“camera traps”) were recently installed in Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve (Marojejy’s sister park to the south) as part of a study to gain a better understanding of the wildlife populations in the area.  The study is focused primarily on the highly endangered Silky Sifaka population, but the cameras will be invaluable for recording movements of the many other species of lemurs, carnivores and birds in the area.  Here are a few articles on Patrick Ross’s fascinating study:

Arboreal Camera Trapping: A Conservation Adventure – WILDLIFE MADAGASCAR

Surveying Lemurs in Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve with Camera Traps

Thanks to all the people and entities involved.  We look forward to seeing the results!

Two men are strapping a camera around a tree trunk in a dense forest.
Installing a camera in Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve (photo: Patrick Ross)
Two men in red helmets are standing in a forest.
Preparing to install a camera high in the forest canopy (photo: Patrick Ross)

We are delighted to learn that the well-regarded American NGO, Wildlife Madagascar, has designated Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve (near Marojejy) as one of its first “conservation field sites.” Wildlife Madagascar is committed to working with local communities to conserve Madagascar’s extraordinary biodiversity; to that end, they will be conducting research, conservation and tourism activities in Anjanaharibe-Sud that will benefit both the wildlife and the local people. They are also planning on establishing a field office in Andapa.

Dr. Tim Eppley, Chief Conservation Officer of Wildlife Madagascar, recently visited Anjanaharibe-Sud and Marojejy and wrote an excellent summary of his trip, with descriptions of the area and the different species of lemurs he encountered. It’s well worth a read.

A WILD TREK, Part 3 – WILDLIFE MADAGASCAR

A black indri lemur with large round yellow-green eyes clutches a tree trunk.
Indri in Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve, photo courtesy of Wildlife Madagascar