Lemurs, reptilesand amphibian conservation

Project name:

SEED Madagacar

Project purpose:

Lemurs, reptilesand amphibian conservation

Project activities:

  • development goals

  • teaching

  • data collection/analysis

Terrestrial

Madagascar

Africa

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

500

Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • peer-reviewed science

  • publishes work

Accommodation:

tent in communal camp site

Requirements:

Facilities:

food included, accommodation included,

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

Our conservation programme is based in the beautiful coastal region of Sainte Luce, surrounded by extremely rare and threatened fragments of littoral (coastal) forest. You will combine hands-on conservation fieldwork on endangered species including lemurs, reptiles and amphibians, with community initiatives and environmental education.

The southern littoral forest in Sainte Luce is one of only three significant areas of this forest type remaining in Madagascar, having been reduced by over 90%. As the forest has both high biodiversity and a heavily reliant local population, the SEED Madagascar Conservation Research Programme works to integrate scientific research with community conservation to build knowledge and capacity for sustainable conservation efforts.

 

Currently research focuses on biodiversity, collecting data about species present, their distribution, density, behaviour and habitats. The data is then used to better manage forests, support the local community and protect the species concerned. Volunteers also run regular environmental education classes for local children, and assist with English teaching.

How long can I stay?

When does the project run?

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Reviews & ratings

Anonymous

Overall, this is a wonderful project. The forests are full of wildlife, the species are interesting, the local staff are incredible, camp feels like a family and the life is sweet. You'll be based in a rural Madagascar hamlet with no tourism and no other vazahas (foreigners) so you get an authentic and enchanting experience.

But be prepared. There are weeks at a time with no access to internet, the toilet facilities are a stinky (but well-kept) long-drop, sometimes constant rain means mouldly clothes, A LOT of rice and beans and oh the humidity, but this all adds to the adventure. As with many projects, it's lacking funding and I personally feel other branches of SEED get much more attention that the conservation project but as an organisation they are always receptive to comments and suggestions.

Don't arrive with the idea you'll be given everything work-wise. The team have certain obligations to fulfil quotes of lemur and herpetological surveys, but these can get a tad monotonous after a year. You will bring fresh experience and ideas to the team so use it! Come up with novel ideas, design new projects and appropriate methodologies and contribute to Sainte Luce's research basis.

I had a wonderful time here, gained life-long friends and cannot wait to return back to Madagascar. Would recommend.

Conservation Research Assistant

A heart-warming experience