Lemur Research & Biodiversity Monitoring

Lemur Research & Biodiversity Monitoring

Deforestation is an ongoing problem in Madagascar due to international developments and local charcoal production. This causes a huge threat to the natural habitat of both the lemur species and all the other species that inhabit the forest.  You can make a lasting contribution to the ever decreasing habitat in South East Madagascar by monitoring valuable and high profile species such as lemurs. The data that is collected will help towards providing information to make informed management decisions about the use of the last forests of Madagascar.

Due to Madagascar’s long isolation from neighbouring continents, this island is home to an abundance of plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth – in fact around 90 % of all plant and animal species found in Madagascar are endemic! Through our research, we aim to determine the size, behaviour and territories of existing populations of umbrella species such as lemurs, as well as other rarer species that exist in some of the last forests of the area. This information will be used to make informed decisions on the further development of the natural habitat.

Location

Fort Dauphin has modernized considerably in recent years with the arrival of international mining activities. The peninsular on which Fort Dauphin is sent is flanked either side by sweeping sandy beaches with good surfing. There are high mountains to the North with Pique St Louis overlooking the town. Most amenities are accessible and there is generally good internet access. There are a few quaint local restaurants to choose from, including a beach bar and a vibey and thriving market.

Fort Dauphin was the first European site in Madagascar, founded by shipwrecked Portuguese sailors who built the old fort near the Ambinanibe River in 1504. However they were soon driven out by the local population and mostly succumbed to disease or killed.In 1642 the French established a trading post at Baie de St Luce but later moved south to establish Fort Dauphin, named after the child prince Dauphin who became Louis XIV.

Given its pleasant climate, magnificent beaches, natural reserves (including several containing lemurs), variety of hotels and that it's only a one hour flight from Antananarivo, some have given Fort Dauphin the title of "la cote d'Azur” (the popular Mediterranean French coast) of Madagascar.
Popular places to visit include Evatraha, Libanona beach, Lokaro, Manafiafy, Nahampoana and Vinanibe

Schedule

The working hours vary but your day may start as early as 6:30-9:00 and finish at 15:00-17:00. You will work 5 days a week, leaving you two free days to explore the area.

Example Timetable:

 

 

MORNING

AFTERNOON

WEEK 1

Saturday

Arrival

Arrival

Sunday

Free Day

Free Day

Monday

Orientation/Training

Tree Nursery Management

Tuesday

Lemur Research

Biodiversity Monitoring

Wednesday

Lemur Research

 

Biodiversity Monitoring

Thursday

Lemur Research

Biodiversity Monitoring & Nocturnal Walk

Friday

Tree Nursery Management

Cultural Activity

Saturday

Excursion

Excursion

Sunday

Free Day

Free Day

Accommodations

During the week, you will be Camping in tents. There is no running water, or access to hot water and very little access to solar power. You can expect to use long-drop toilets, which is always an experience first time around! We will be providing you with fresh drinking and washing water and all necessary living equipment.
On weekends, you will be staying in our volunteer accommodation in Fort Dauphin.

Facilities in Fort Dauphin Include:

  • Showers (no hot water)
  • Electricity
  • Communal Kitchen
  • Communal Lounge Area
  • Dorm Style Sleeping Arrangements

Cost Breakdown

This program may have a Reservation Fee, which is included in the total cost. Your Reservation Fee is due once you commit to the program, with the remaining Program Fee balance due 30 days before your arrival date.

2 weeks:     $1,643 Longer:     +$732 per week

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Note: All listed prices are in US Dollars.

How To Sign Up

Signing up is a three-step process:

  • Fill out an Inquiry Form. Please note: submissions must be made at least 4 weeks prior to your prospective start date.
  • A member of the Volunteer Global team will get in touch with you to confirm program availability for your chosen dates, and schedule an interview if needed.
  • Once your interview is complete, you will be notified to submit your Reservation Fee to reserve your program and schedule. Your final Program Fee is due at least 4 weeks prior to in-country arrival in order to reserve your placement.

Important Note

This is a pilot program. As part of our program development process, we ask our first groups of participating volunteers to provide additional feedback to assist us in ensuring the most rewarding experience possible in cooperation with EDGE of AFRICA for their associated programs.

Registration must be completed at least one month prior to your program start date, so...let's get started!

Requirements

  • 18 and older
  • Good health
Partner: EDGE of AFRICA
Country: Madagascar

Duration: 2 weeks - 12 weeks
Fee: From $1,643
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Your Program Fee Covers:

  • Registration and pre-departure interview
  • Volunteer handbook (when available)
  • 24/7 U.S.-based staff support
  • In-country housing and certain amenities
  • Training and guidance from host group
  • Host program needs, such as tools or supplies for your project
  • Post-trip thank-you packet
  • Monthly newsletters

Unless explicitly stated otherwise, it does not cover your flight, passport/visa, vaccinations, transportation while in country, exit fees, meals, or personal expenses. Click here for full details about your program costs!