Species conservation & research


We collect data on populations and distribution of key species in the Menabe Antimena Conservation Area in order to optimally plan conservation measures and measure their success.



About the projects

Why research?

Recording the distribution and density of populations is essential for planning nature conservation and species protection measures. At the same time, we can only measure the success of our activities by monitoring the effects on populations. Surveys and population monitoring are therefore important components of our work. Furthermore, we still know very little about the biology of many species threatened with extinction. However, basic knowledge about the biology of a species is often crucial to saving the species from extinction in the long term.

Citizen science approaches can also be used to involve the local population in research activities, to generate alternative income for local communities and positively change their view of biodiversity.

Support us

Support species conservation & research

For example, with 150 € you finance a camera trap.


Acoustic monitoring

With the help of automated listening devices, we support the recording of the occurrence of species as well as their population densities. This method, which is relatively new to Madagascar, is initially being tested on forked-striped lemurs, sportive lemurs and narrow-striped mongooses.

Shy forest inhabitants

Camera traps

Many animals are shy and therefore very difficult to observe and count. Camera traps are very suitable for studying these timid and inconspicuous species, such as the Madagascar giant rat or the fossa.

Conflict potential

People & Wildlife

The fossa, Madagascar’s largest predator, is increasingly coming into conflict with the local population. The shrinking natural habitat often forces the fossa to hunt domesticated poultry in the villages. We monitor the conflicts, advise those affected and develop solutions to avoid them.

Bedrohte Vogelarten

Mangroves as a refuge

A bird survey in the mangroves and coastal areas in 2019 counted 71 bird species. We discovered one of the most significant occurrences of the Madagascar teal, a large population of the highly endangered Madagascar plover and Madagascar heron.

Environmental education

What sticks?

Effects of environmental education? As part of our Little Rangers program, we investigate the effect of our environmental education activities on the children and young people in the Menabe region.

Evaluate condition


In a 2019 study, we investigated the condition of mangroves in Menabe. The study applies a rapid assessment tool for mangrove degradation, initially developed for mangroves in Myanmar, to Madagascar’s mangroves. Our results show the broad applicability of the method in the mangroves of the Indian Ocean.

Partners & Supporters

The projects are funded by:

Zoo Berlin

Tierpark Berlin

Manfred Hermsen Stiftung

Zoo Duisburg

Wildlife Reserves Singapoore


The projects are implemented together with:


DPZ Madagascar

University of Göttingen

University of Antananarivo


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