Silky Sifaka
Image credit: Stephen Coombs
Project

Protecting Marojejy National Park’s Biodiversity

Duration
2016 - 2017
Location
Madagascar
Species protected
Aye-aye Daubentonia madagascariensis
Hairy-eared Dwarf Lemur Allocebus trichotis
White-fronted Lemur Eulemur albifrons

Project objectives

Carried out in tandem with community-based activities in the peripheral zone around Marojejy, boundary delimitation of the national park will reduce incursions of all types into the protected area.

Threaths

Habitat loss & degradation

The reasons for the illegal incursions include hunting, collecting forest products for food or local construction, and the cutting of precious woods such as rosewood and ebony. Another longer term incursion occurs when over time adjacent cultivated areas begin to “sag” inward into the protected area, a little more each growing season, eventually encroaching on large swaths of the protected area.

A clearly delineated Marojejy National Park boundary will reduce all of the different types of incursions, and the community-based activities carried out in the park peripheral zone strengthens community relations.

This project is implemented by Duke University.