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

Fantastic picture of our good friend, Mosesy (Tabatera!), training new guides in Bobangira (a beautiful private reserve north of Sambava). Mosesy is a wonderful person and we are happy to see him doing so well after recent ill health.

Five men are standing together in a clearing in the forest, all smiling broadly and looking very happy
Mosesy at Bobingira (photo courtesy of Melyscot Jean)
A turquoise-blue sea, waves breaking along a crescent of white sand beach, rimmed by deep green forest
The Indian Ocean at Bobangira Nature Reserve

Illegal logging of rosewood from the rainforests of northeastern Madagascar continues…

https://www.malina.mg/fr/maroantsetra-ou-le-palissandre-disparait-a-la-tronconneuse/

Maroantsetra: Where the Rosewood Disappears with the Chainsaw

Rosewood is the target of massive and illicit exploitation which has continued for several decades, financed by a network of local and regional traffickers. The law seems to have no effect on this rosewood mafia: the network is sprawling and aggressive.

The illegal harvesting of rosewood has continued and become even worse in 2022 with the use of sophisticated machines. Chainsaws now abound throughout the Maroantsetra district [just south of Marojejy, near Masoala National Park]: they have become the tools of choice for traffickers. Clovis Razafimalala, who chairs the Lampogno coalition of approximately ten environmental associations, is concerned that illegal logging is increasing through the use of these powerful tools: “In just one week, a logger can cut down up to 10 hectares of land.”

A person is holding a large piece of machinery, grinding a piece of wood

A new report by the NGO, TRAFFIC, reveals that 64% of all protected species seized globally between 2000 and 2021 came from Madagascar. Species seized included rosewood, reptiles and amphibians that are critically endangered and prohibited from international trade.

According to Cynthia Ratsimbazafy, co-author of the study, “The figures reveal the long-term and sustained exploitation of Madagascar’s unique wildlife despite enforcement efforts and trade restrictions that have been in place for years. Madagascar’s biodiversity cannot survive this if the countries involved stop at just confiscating illegal shipments.”

TRAFFIC: An Assessment of Wildlife Trade Between Madagascar and Southeast Asia

a dozen or so tortoises with radiating patterns on their shells are piled on top of one another
Illegally exported radiated tortoises

Found: Mysterious songbird rediscovered in Madagascar after eluding scientists for 24 years

An expedition in the remote rainforests of northeast Madagascar has recorded Dusky Tetraka, an endemic to the country, for the first time since 1999. It was one of the top 10 most wanted species by the Search for Lost Birds collaboration, and its rediscovery marks an important step to helping protect it.

https://www.birdlife.org/news/2023/03/01/found-mysterious-songbird-rediscovered-in-madagascar-after-eluding-scientists-for-24-years

A bird with brown back and yellow throat and breast sits on a branch, looking at the camera
Dusky Tetraka

Still so many species to discover: the example of frogs in Madagascar

Almost half of the 400 species of amphibians endemic to Madagascar have been described in just the past twenty years; last year alone, twenty new species of frogs were discovered.  We have so much more to learn.

Il reste encore tant d’espèces à découvrir : l’exemple des grenouilles de Madagascar (theconversation.com)

Graph showing a very steep rise in the number of amphibians described from Madagascar
The number of amphibian species described from Madagascar keeps climbing

Videos of a trek up to Camp Marojejia.  Some stunning footage of the park, the rainforest, the trail, chameleons and silky sifakas — well worth watching.  Thank you, Alex Laube, for sharing!

Madcham.de Expedition blog – Tag 3 Sambava-Marojejy

Madcham.de Expedition blog – Tag 4 Marojejy

Madcham.de Expedition blog – Tag 5 Marojejy

Madcham.de Expedition blog – Tag 6 Marojejy

Madcham.de Expedition blog – Tag 7 Marojejy

Madcham.de Expedition blog – Tag 8 Marojejy-Sambava

Madcham.de videos screenshot

Madagascar:  Land of Fire

The Malagasy forest is burning and its destruction is accelerating, causing immeasurable damage to the environment. Agribusiness, ever hungry for more food, pushes farmers to burn more and more forest to plant their crops. It’s illegal, and yet it’s encouraged by elected officials.

Madagascar: Terre de Feu

Video in French

A crowd of children stand looking at a scene of smoke and fire, with trees burning
The forest burns