Habitat restoration and critically endangered lemur monitoring

Project name:

Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership

Project purpose:

Habitat restoration and critically endangered lemur monitoring

Project activities:

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management

  • monitoring through radio telemetry

Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

  • report writing

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • development goals (supporting local economy)

  • publishes work (reports)

Wild Sun Rescue Center


Tent structure at field station (tent not provided)

When does the project run?


accommodation included, food included, local shops, nearby medical facilities, refillable drinking water, bucket shower, western toilet

How long can I stay?


100% dedication to the projects. Preference for a BA or BS in the biological or environmental sciences, and tropical restoration or forest management experience is a plus.  At least 18 years old. Some independent research experience will be an advantage, as will work or travel experience in tropical countries.  A willingness to work in isolated conditions, the ability to solve problems independently, and dedication to a positive and respectful working environment is vital. 

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

Project Overview

During a 12-week tenure, volunteer cohorts will spend half their time monitoring lemurs and half their time participating in the community-based reforestation effort.


Lemur Monitoring (5 weeks): Volunteers will follow social groups of either the greater bamboo lemur (Prolemur simus) or the black-and-white ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata) within the mountainous terrain of the Kianjavato-Vatovavy landscape. The longterm goal of this project is to offer protection for these two Critically Endangered species while gathering information on habitat usage, population dynamics, and territorial range.


Reforestation Project (5 weeks): This grassroots reforestation effort reconnects and expands natural habitats over the mountainous terrain around Kianjavato while sustainably benefiting the 14,000 area residents. Through this project we have planted over 2.2 million trees in Madagascar. The overall goal of this project is to restore habitats for wildlife and alternative resources for the local community. 

2019 Volunteer Cohort Schedule:

January Cohort (January 15 – 17 arrival in Madagascar; April 9 – 11 departure from Madagascar)

March Cohort (March 19 – 21 arrival in Madagascar; June 11 – 13 departure from Madagascar)

May Cohort (May 21 – 23 arrival in Madagascar; August 13 – 15 departure from Madagascar)

July Cohort (July 23 – July 25 arrival in Madagascar; October 15 – 17 departure from Madagascar)

September Cohort (Sept 24-26 arrival in Madagascar; December 17 – 19 departure from Madagascar)

2019 costs for participating in the MBP Volunteer program: $250 USD non-refundable deposit (to secure your placement with the program) $750 USD accommodation fees (includes airport assistance, travel costs to/from field station, tent site rental, and food) 55USD/50Euro 90 day tourist Visa 

Reviews & ratings



5 Oct 2021

Great experience

Great experience. I have learned a lot about wild animals and the bush. The kids are super. Thanks to Michele and Ian but also I would like to thanks all the volunteers and local people.


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage



21 Mar 2020

Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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