You will be conducting research both in Nahampoana Reserve and in Ambarobe Forest.
The greatest concern facing lemur populations is habitat destruction and degradation. In 2005, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) listed 16% of all lemur species as Critically Endangered, 23% as Endangered, 25% as Vulnerable, 28% as “Data Deficient”, and only 8% as Least Concern. Over the next five years, at least 28 species were newly identified, none of which have had their conservation status assessed. Many are likely to be considered threatened since the new lemur species that have been described recently are typically confined to small regions. Given the rate of continued habitat destruction, undiscovered species could go extinct before being identified.
To date, there has been no record of research conducted in the Amborobe forest on the lemur species present. The lemur habitat is threatened by farming encroachment and charcoal harvesting methods. We aim to gain potential insight into the well-being of habituated lemurs and provide information for analyzing results of research undertaken on captive (habituated) lemurs at the Nahampoana Reserve, as well as to identify the current species in the Amborobe forest.
Your work will involve learning to identify both nocturnal and diurnal lemur species; tracking their movements, population densities and behaviour; and identifying specific family troops of lemurs.