Madagascar is one of the world’s most important hotspots for biodiversity, yet it is also one of the world’s poorest countries, with 92% of people living below the poverty line.
Bristol Zoological Society have been working in northern Madagascar since 2006 to safeguard the future of wildlife on this unique island. Most of our work is focused in and around the Sahamalaza-Iles Radama National Park.
We work primarily with lemur species, such as the blue-eyed black lemur, the Sahamalaza sportive lemur and the Sambirano mouse lemur, as well as the Madagascar sacred ibis. However, the project also includes other taxa, such as invertebrates and herpetofauna.
Each year, students and researchers conduct vital studies on these species in an effort to better understand their behaviour and ecology. This enables us to work with local NGOs and the Malagasy government to create informed conservation management plans for these species and the region.
We are working with local people to save their natural heritage through development programmes and conservation education. This includes help with reforestation, fire control and protection, and the provision of schools and drinking water.
We have teamed up with Grant Associates, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and BuroHappold Engineering to make huge steps to secure the future of Madagascar’s people and their threatened wildlife by creating the Ankarafa field station.
We believe the creation of an improved field station at the heart of the Ankarafa Forest, along with associated projects and participation of the local communities, will make a significant contribution to secure the future of wildlife and people in the Sahamalaza Peninsula. This collaboration will undoubtedly set an international example for creative conservation, innovative research, education and the regeneration of threatened habitats.
The current Ankarafa field camp is extremely basic with a few rudimentary buildings, a collection of tent shelters for researchers, and an open-air kitchen with a covered eating area.
The new field station will provide an internationally recognised research base and high-quality environment for students and researchers. It will also increase opportunities for local people whilst connecting and inspiring audiences in the UK and around the world.
The renowned Ankarafa field station will:
Field station build costs: £75,000
Field station kit out: £36,000
Furnishings, equipment, scientific apparatus
Vehicle provision: £80,000
Two four-wheel drive vehicles
On-going costs per annum: £25,000
Station manager, research assistants and drivers
Provision towards research student costs
Maintenance and upkeep: £1,500
Field station and vehicles
Batteries, back-up and maintenance
*Budget is estimate
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