Education for sustainable development

Environmental education in the Menabe Antimena Protected Area in Madagascar


Kirindy, Menabe Antimena Protected Area Madagascar

Little Rangers have already participated in our environmental education camp

people have attended screenings with the mobile environmental cinema

About the project

Little Rangers – Understanding the ecosystem, learning about alternatives

Many children and young people only know the nature of their home region through hunting or collecting firewood and other forest products. To show them a different perspective on the local nature, we have created the Little Rangers program. With “Little Rangers” we raise the environmental awareness of the local population in Menabe for the uniqueness of the local nature. At the same time, we are contributing to the development of new and more effective approaches to environmental education in Madagascar. After all, in the future, the children and young people of today will make decisions about Madagascar’s natural resources.

As part of “Little Rangers”, we invite children and young people from the surrounding communities to spend three days in the Kirindy Forest at the Centre National de Formation et Recherche en Environment et Forestier (CNFEREF). The German Primate Center (DPZ) from Göttingen has also maintained a research station in the area for over 20 years. The Kirindy forest, therefore, offers the necessary infrastructure for accommodating and training of the Little Rangers directly in nature. The presence of researchers, students, and wildlife guides on site allows for simple, close-to-nature observations of wildlife while conveying the central (including economic) importance of preserving the forest for future generations. For example, the forest also provides numerous jobs in the region through nature tourism.


Children in the Kirindy Forest observing lemurs

A video about the Little Rangers

Support us

Support our environmental education in Menabe

For example, €6 will pay for a child’s meals and accommodation at the Little Ranger environmental education camp.

Little Rangers

Experiential learning

The Little Rangers program teaches environmental content through positive experiences. With its numerous possibilities for animal observation the Kirindy forest offers the best conditions for it. We are constantly developing our three-day teaching program for this purpose.

Mouse lemur & Co

Night walks

Thanks to the “Little Sun” solar flashlight, the Little Rangers go on night walks in the Kirindy Forest. In doing so, the children usually discover a mouse or fork-marked lemur for the first time in their lives.

Wildlife observations

Be a scientist for once

The presence of researchers, students, and wildlife guides on-site allows for easy, nature-based observations of wildlife in Kirindy and allows children to see the forest and its inhabitants from a different perspective that is not focused on hunting.

New learning materials

Fun & Games

Learning materials and a card game about the animals of Madagascar spread a lot of joy among children and young people. Modern school materials and learning games are very rare in Madagascar and many children know very little about the special nature of their homeland and its relevance fortheir own lives. Playfully they learn about the fauna and flora of Madagascar.

Showing possibilities

What does a nature guide do?

Tourism is an important economic sector in Madagascar. The forest in Kirindy also attracts many visitors every year. Many local jobs are therefore tied to the preservation of the forest. The Little Rangers program gives children an insight into the everyday life of a nature guide and motivates them to continue their education and opens up prospects for the future.

Understanding correlations


The Little Rangers program explains important correlations between nature and people. The children and young people are taught why a functioning ecosystem is important and learn about alternatives that allow them to deal with their environment in a more sustainable way.

A mobile bicycle cinema

Disseminate new techniques for agriculture. Teaching people about your own country and nature. What is the easiest way to do that for many people at once? Right. With television. But what to do when no one has a TV, or there is no electricity for a TV at all?

The solution: a bicycle-powered cinema that is driven only by muscle power and is small enough to be taken anywhere.

Since 2014, we have been spreading knowledge and raising awareness among the population with our mobile cinema.

The mobile bicycle cinema in action in Lambokely (Photo: Ernst Golde)

Our environmental education film in Malagasy. “Hazo tokana tsy mba ala” literally means “One tree is not yet a forest”. The text is also a Malagasy proverb and symbolically means “Only together we are strong and can achieve something!”

Bicycle cinema

Muscle power operation

One person (or more) pedals to generate the power to run the speaker and projector. In this way, many people can be reached at the same time, even in villages without electricity. In parallel, we offer practical training sessions on the content shown in the film, such as building energy-efficient stoves.

Environmental film

Getting to know alternatives

An environmental film in the Malagasy language shows various sustainable techniques, such as the use and production of ecological stoves or the breeding of fish in rice fields. The examples are demonstrated by other Madagascans who are already using these techniques successfully, thus making the advantages comprehensible.

Knowledge transfer

The other way round

Modern media are a good way to pass on knowledge. That works for us, too. The picture shows the replica of the bicycle cinema in the bird park Marlow. The cinema serves as an information stand for visitors and shows a short film about the project.

Partners & Supporters

The projects are funded by:

Zoo Berlin

Tierpark Berlin

Fondation Yves Rocher

Marlow Bird Park

Little Sun Foundation

Nds. Bingo Environmental Foundation

The projects will be implemented jointly with:

Local communities

Centre National de Formation et Recherche en Environment et Forestier (CNFEREF)

DPZ Madagascar