Located east of Madagascar, the Andriantantely forest is one of the last areas of rainforest subsisting in Madagascar. It provides a habitat for a great number of lemur species.

Endangered species

Several species of lemurs classified as “critically endangered” by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) live in the Andriantantely forest. Among them are the black-and-white ruffed lemur, the indri and the sifaka. In 2009, the greater bamboo lemur, also classified as “critically endangered”, was discovered in this same forest: the geographical zone thus became classified as a priority conservation area. Hunting, deforestation in favour of slash-and-burn agriculture, illegal wood exploitation... many threats hang over this forest and the animals it provides a habitat for.

Conservation actions

The Beauval Nature association supports the Aspinall Foundation, which works to preserve the Andriantantely lemurs, in collaboration with several local organizations. Its conservation program has several goals:

  • protect the Andriantantely forest, a priority area for lemur conservation, as defined in the IUCN strategy for conservation of these primates.
  • protect the populations of black-and-white ruffed lemurs, indris, sifakas and greater bamboos lemurs: these 4 species are among the most threatened ones in Madagascar, and three of them are classified in the IUCN list of the 25 most endangered primates.
  • preserve 4 000 hectares of rainforest, one of the habitats with the most endemic species in the world.
  • set up, in the long term, a local foundation for forest and lemur conservation, in partnership with local organizations and the Malagasy Minister for the Environment.
  • hire a Malagasy primatologist, in order to study the lemurs living in the Andriantantely forest and to collaborate with the local organizations and stakeholders. This will allow to carry out a participative follow-up work on the animals.

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