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Madagascar is one of the world’s treasure houses of biodiversity. Its charismatic lemurs are the most famous denizens, but many other curious creatures inhabit this large island off the coast of Africa. The vast majority of its species of fauna and flora are endemic to the island.
Much of Madagscar’s wildlife is under threat from conversion of their habitats, particularly humid forest. The severe poverty that blights the island’s communities is causing serious damage to its environment. Less than 3 per cent of the island is protected, despite its global biological importance.
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is supporting local partner Madagasikara Voakajy in sustainable conservation and local awareness of the value of endemic vertebrates and their habitats. This includes support to critically endangered, habitat-restricted species as well as establishing the basis for sustainable use of key species, both for subsistence and external markets.
Fauna & Flora International is supporting local organisation Madagasikara Voakajy in its work to conserve rare bats, reptiles, amphibians and other small vertebrates found only in Madagascar. We are also helping them to safeguard critical habitats through community engagement, promote sustainable use of natural resources, develop education and awareness programmes, and improve career opportunities of young Malagasy conservation scientists.