Madagascar Wildlife Conservation
Our conservation and research programme is based in the beautiful coastal region of Sainte Luce, Madagascar. This life changing volunteer project will have you camping and working deep in the jungles of this unique island, working with wide variety of species. You will combine hands-on conservation fieldwork on endangered species including lemurs, reptiles and amphibians, with community initiatives and environmental education.
Live in the tropical island of Madagascar, renowned as the last wildlife haven left on earth
Work, live and relax in the lush jungle
Help research rare animals including lemurs, geckos, chameleons, snakes, bats, frogs, lobsters and more
Assist with forest restoration
Join the research team and learn about their methodology
Apply your research to valuable large scale studies
Make friends from around the world as you immerse yourself in nature and the local community
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 Madagascar Research Project 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, behavior and habitats. The data is then used to better manage forests, support the local community and protect the species concerned.
Volunteers on this project will join in with the real projects the NGO team are carrying out at the time. You will always participate in a varied number of tasks which means you will be maximising the organisation’s potential to help wildlife and assisting with genuine conservation efforts. Research and conservation tasks are likely to include:
Monitoring the reptile populations in the littoral forests
Monitoring the nocturnal lemurs of Sainte Luce
Assisting with research into the Madagascan flying fox (Pteropus rufus)
Assisting with data collection for the management of sustainable lobster populations
Planting new habitat corridors for lemurs
Assisting with the development of new projects for sustainable livelihoods
Educating the local school children about the forests they live in
Volunteers spend most of their time at the rural research camp at Sainte Luce. The camp is on the edge of several small, traditional local villages and you will meet the local community and see their traditional rural life during your stay. The camp is surrounded by rain forest and also close to wide stretches of deserted beach. There is no wifi at the research camp and accommodation is in tents, which you can rent locally or bring from home if you prefer. Three meals a day will be catered for you in the communal kitchen.
On certain weekends during the program you may go to Fort Dauphin to explore and relax where accommodation is provided in a campsite, or local homestay. You will also have the chance to take trips further afield, such as to the renowned Berenty Reserve.
Madagascar is a large island off the east coast of Africa, and is Earth's fourth largest island. Due to being geographically isolated for 80 million years, Madagascar is now home to an astonishing variety of plant and animal species, the majority of which aren't found anywhere else on Earth. Over 80% of the flora and fauna is unique to the island, meaning 8 out of every 10 species found in Madagascar are found nowhere else.
Our conservation programme is based in the beautiful coastal region of Sainte Luce, on the south east side of the island. Sainte Luce is surrounded by extremely rare and threatened fragments of littoral (coastal) forest, with Fort Dauphin being the largest nearby town. It makes a great place to explore on days off.
Want to know what is included in the fee? Good news, it is just about everything including:
Airport collection from Fort Dauphin
Full orientation and training in the required conservation field techniques
Malagasy language lessons on site
Accommodation at our research camp
Three meals a day
Transport relating to the project
24 hour project coordinator available
Pre-departure booking representative to help with everything before departure
NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR FEE
Flights to and from the project
2 weeks £795
4 weeks £1395
8 weeks £2195
10 weeks £2495
This project starts every other week, with volunteers flying in to Antananarivo, then down to Forte Dauphin, where you will be met by the team. You can join for 2,4,6,8, 10 or 12 weeks. Please contact us to see if your prefered start date is available