Madagascar

Milne-Edwards’s Sifaka

Money collected so far

area

Andringitra National Park

Andringitra National Park is part of the serial property “Forêts Humides Atsinanana” UNESCO World Heritage (N1257), which is currently in the list of World Heritage in Danger. As such, to protect its Outstanding Universal Values (OUV), the latest joint reactive monitoring mission of the World Heritage Centre, UNESCO and IUCN calls on the international community to support the conservation of this heritage. According to the definition of World Heritage, Andringitra National Park is part of the priceless and irreplaceable assets not only of its Nation but of all humanity. In addition to its biodiversity, Andringitra is the refuge of plants and animals of the forest massif of the Middle East of Madagascar thanks to its forests of low altitude, its forest of mountain and its altimontant prairie. The landscape of Andringitra presents gigantic rocky domes and a chain of rocks with narrow edges forming peaks of which Pic Boby (Imarivolanitra), the highest accessible peak in Madagascar at 2658m of altitude, and Pic Bory at 2630m. This site is one of the 15 pilot sites invested in the process of the green list of the IUCN for Madagascar.

species

Milne-Edwards's Sifaka

Propithecus edwardsi (Milne-Edwards’s Sifaka) is endemic to Madagascar and is classified as Endangered (EN) in the IUCN Red List. This species is listed in Appendix I of CITES. It is found in primary and slightly degraded tropical forests at medium to high altitudes. This species is diurnal and mainly folivorous, although fruits, flowers and seeds make up most of its diet. Both males and females disperse, although males disperse three times in their lifetime while females disperse only twice. High infant and adult mortalities are also noted in this species.
Propithecus edwardsi (Milne-Edwards’s Sifaka) is negatively affected by habitat fragmentation. In addition, predation, particularly by Fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox) is a major cause of mortality of the species, but some infant losses are also attributable to infanticidal males, and it is particularly high in disturbed forests. Yet Propithecus edwardsi reproduces slowly. These characteristics make the species a conservation priority.
Propithecus edwardsi is present in two national parks, Andringitra and Ranomafana, and between these two parks are fragments of forest that isolate the population of this species. Since these two parks are managed by Madagascar National Parks an initiative to contribute in the ecological restoration of this corridor is underway in partnership with other partners who manage and work in the protection of this corridor. But in general, ecological monitoring and patrols conducted by the team of the Andringitra National Park are the main conservation activities carried out regularly in relation to the species to date.

Eric Heisey- Parc National Andringitra

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Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur

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Forest Rock-thrush

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Mossy Leaf-tailed Gecko

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Madagascar Fish-eagle

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