Madagasikara Voakajy

About us

Madagasikara Voakajy is a Malagasy conservation organization founded in 2005 to prevent the extinction of Madagascar’s endemic species. As a team of 48 members, we promote the conservation and sustainable use of Madagascar’s endemic and threatened species within their natural habitats through applied research and targeted actions with all stakeholders. Working in 6 different regions, we aim to address 12 species by 2025. We believe that with well-defined targets, the appropriate capacity, and continued improvement, we will accomplish our mission. 

Baobab planting

Madagasikara Voakajy at a glance

  • A team of 48 members
  • Working at six Regions in Madagascar
  • Targeting 12 endemic and threatened species by 2025
Golden Mantella

Real and lasting conservation actions

  • Since 2006, we have carried out research on the golden mantella frog in eastern Madagascar and championed the update of its conservation strategy. In 2015, a new protected area was created to ensure its conservation. Then, in 2020, the species was down-listed from Critically Endangered to Endangered on the IUCN Red List. We are currently working to build the capacity of the local communities to sustainably manage the protected area.
  • Between 2009-2012, we investigated patterns of bushmeat hunting in Madagascar. Our results highlighted the importance of hunting in the decline of lemur populations. Since then, stopping lemur hunting has been the priority at all of Madagasikara Voakajy’s conservation areas.
Forest restoration
  • Since 2014, we have investigated the biology and ecology of the Critically Endangered Perrier’s baobab, of which 99 mature individuals were only found in the wild. By 2020, we located 50 additional mature individuals, produced over 5,000 seedlings and planted them. We continue to monitor survival and growth of the planted seedlings. 
Baobab planting at Loky Manambato

Our team

Julie Hanta Razafimanahaka

Executive Director

Julie has been director of Madagasikara Voakajy since 2011. She represents the organization within Madagascar and over the world. Daily, she maintains the links with our partners, raises funds for implementing our projects, and provides guidance to the team to best run our projects and achieve our mission. Passionate about bats and lemurs, she enjoys talking about Madagascar’s amazing species to kids, youths and the wider communities.

Raphali Rodlis Andriantsimanarilafy

Species & Conservation Manager

Raphali manages our Species and Conservation Program. A biologist by training, he is interested in chameleons and is part of Madagascar’s Chameleon Specialist Group. Since 2017, Raphali has supervised research on other taxa including lemurs, bats, birds, and amphibians. His research focus includes species biology and distribution, and how these species are harvested and used by people.

Voahirana Claudia Randriamamonjy

Project leader

Voahirana leads the Mangabe-Ranomena-Sasarotra project, the largest of Madagasikara Voakajy’s protected areas. She also represents Madagasikara Voakajy in the Alaotra-Mangoro Region and ensures the coordination of our office in Moramanga. Voahirana is an agronomist but has also studied conservation and land management. With these skills, she designs and implements training programs for community members where they can learn sustainable farming techniques adapted to the local conditions.

Fetra Arivony Rakotondrazanany

Baobab Project Officer

Fetra is also a bat biologist by training but currently, he is running our baobab conservation initiative in the Menabe Region. Fetra’s current challenge is to ensure that communities near the baobab resources benefit equitably from the baobab fruit harvesting and transformation processes. In that role, he collaborates with both public and private institutions.

Dr Daudet Andriafidison

Conservation Program Manager

Daudet is a biologist by training, with a particular interest in bats and their interactions with plants. Since leading the protected creation process within Madagasikara Voakajy, Daudet has slowly moved from pure biology to community development and conservation. With this perseverance, Daudet was awarded the Disney Conservation Hero Award in 2014. He continues to lead our Community and Conservation Program, which ensures the creation and sustainable management of protected areas and community reserves.

Tonisoa Ivoandry Ranaivoandriamanantena

Baobab project officer

Tonisoa is the only botanist at Madagasikara Voakajy. He is particularly interested in baobabs and leads our research projects in the SAVA and DIANA Regions. His research focuses on the restoration of the Endangered Perrier’s and Diego’s baobab populations in the wild. In addition, he helps the project leaders at all the protected areas where we work in designing and starting forest restoration initiatives.

Videos

Baobab planting