ENVIRONMENT

Lemur Management Program

The goal of the lemur management program is to maintain lemur population viability in the Mine conservation forests. Malagasy technicians, using radio-tracking methodology, monitor lemur behavior both during and after forest clearing to determine whether the lemurs are able to migrate out of impacted areas and establish new viable home ranges over time.

State-of-the-art biomedical monitoring systems have been implemented to assess trends in animal health. Tree-top lemur bridges were installed over trails and roads cut for mining activities, thereby promoting habitat connectivity and allowing lemurs to move safely between these areas, and satellite images help Ambatovy monitor the habitat quality. A community-level bush meat assessment has helped evaluate local hunting pressures on wildlife and design suitable wildlife refuge areas.