Madagascar Conservation Work

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Madagascar Conservation Work

£795
Duration: from 2 weeks to 10 weeks
Countries: Madagascar
Help to protect the endangered habitats of unique Madagascan species including lemurs working alongside international research staff in a beautiful coastal village.
Summary

Madagascar Conservation Work

Madagascar Conservation

Our conservation research team is located in the heart of one of the coastal fragments of littoral forest, an ecosystem which is getting increasingly threatened and only a few patches remain in the whole of Madagascar. There has been very little research done into the biodiversity of the forest and so they aim to document species, many of which have not been studied previously and may be new to researchers worldwide.

The forests that the team work in are at high risk from the mining industry. The project work with the community to communicate the consequences of mining and help formulate a strategy to stop or mitigate the impact. The research findings are incredibly important as their conservation strategy will be key to helping to protect and conserve species before they are lost forever.

Volunteer role: What will I be doing?

The Madagascar Conservation project combines hands on research and fieldwork on endangered species (including lemurs, reptiles and amphibians) alongside community initiatives and environmental education. Volunteers support the local team on their ongoing conservation work in the coastal forests of Madagascar. Activities may include:

  • Research population, distribution and behaviour studies on lemurs, fruit bat (flying fox), reptiles, birds, amphibians and insects
  • Habitat data collection
  • Plant studies, including endangered palm plant monitoring
  • Lobster fishery data collection
  • Long term reforestation; tree nursery and planting
  • Community programmes such as environmental education sessions, English club and alternative livelihood initiatives

The coastal forest is home to many incredible animals including flying fox bats, snakes, frogs, chameleons, butterflies and dragonflies as well as four species of lemur; Southern Woolly Lemur, Brown Collared Lemur, Flat Tailed Dwarf Lemur and an endemic Mouse Lemur.

It’s a fun and dynamic team to join as each day and week can vary greatly depending on the current needs of the community and the research requirements.

In addition to their Conservation project the charity also accept volunteers to support their teams on Building, Community and Teaching English projects across South East Madagascar. You can easily combine these roles.

Why are volunteers needed?

Rapid deforestation of the area is putting many species at risk of extinction so, with the help of volunteers, the team are able to conduct vital research on the ecosystem. Research is often labour intensive and so volunteers are able to provide a valuable extra pair of hands to the long term research staff.

Volunteers’ time and work is not only valuable for the conservation of endangered species, but also for the Malagasy communities. Volunteers help to run the conservation clubs and assist in initiatives which empower local communities, raise awareness and protect the forest long term.


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Price details:

£795

Price details:

from £795

Savings:

£75 discount for volunteers who combine more than one Pod Volunteer project!

Representative:

All the time

This placement would suit:

Anyone who wants to help make a real difference to conservation working alongside international scientists and living in a beautiful coastal forest.

Do you accept non UK citizens?

Yes

Feedback:

““Watching lemur behaviour and finding chameleons and geckos by night will definitely stay with me for the rest of my life! I would definitely recommend to anybody wanting an experience of a lifetime!!!”

About Pod Volunteer

Pod Volunteer is an award winning non-profit organisation arranging ethical, inspiring and supported volunteering opportunities around the world. We work with long term projects that we know personally and where there is genuine benefit to local communities. Volunteers are needed from 1 - 12 weeks for animal, conservation, child care, education, teaching, building and community volunteering projects in Belize, Cambodia, Ghana, India, Madagascar, Nepal, Peru, South Africa and Thailand.

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Research and data collection in the forest

Research and data collection in the forest

Live near a beautiful fishing village with stunning beaches

Live near a beautiful fishing village with stunning beaches

Get involved in community education sessions

Get involved in community education sessions

Learn to identify frog species

Learn to identify frog species

Collect data on animals, insects and reptiles

Collect data on animals, insects and reptiles

Experience life in rural Madagascar

Experience life in rural Madagascar

Take part in community research

Take part in community research

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