Madagascar’s lemurs are famous the world over, but their rare predator the fosa remains a mystery. One of the most ferocious predators on Earth, the cat-like fosa is actually a large relative of the civets. Seven of the eight civet-like carnivores that stalk Madagascar's forests are found nowhere else in the world.
The habits and population status of many civets are virtually unknown. Dr Luke Dollar and Rahajanirina Léon Pierrot, working with veterinarian Dr Julie Pomerantz, are monitoring carnivore populations in these remarkable forests. Their research – and your help – comes in the nick of time, as deforestation and hunting threatens many of these unique mammals and their habitats.
What to Expect?
Up before the sun, you’ll experience the forests of Madagascar to reach the research areas, often hiking more than 20 kilometers a day. Throughout your expedition, you’ll rotate among a variety of tasks essential to the project’s success. You'll learn how to set fosa traps and use radio-tracking transmitters and receivers, be trained to check trap lines in the early morning and late afternoon, and may help measure trapped and sedated carnivores.
You’ll have a chance to spot Madagascar’s many lemur species. Midday is often free for informal lectures or hikes through the fosa's forest home. Your evenings may be spent at local village festivities or sharing stories with members of the nearby women's cooperative.
- Program ID: # 1695
- duration: 1 to 2 Weeks
- location: Ankarafantsika National Park MahajangaMadagascar15° 43' 0.0012" S, 46° 19' 0.0012" E
- Fitness level: Moderately FitVery Fit
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- Costs From: $1500 to $3000
- Program Type: Environmental & Wildlife ProgramsLearn Abroad