Feedback Madagascar - Lemur Conservation

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To plant and protect hundreds of hectares of indigenous forest in Madagascar, improving management of natural resources and protecting endangered lemur species.

The Project

We will buy over 600 native trees for the project "Treemad".  Through NGO Ny Tanintsika, local people will plant these trees to encourage reforestation across the island, providing much-needed habitats for critically endangered lemurs.

The Target

Feedback Madagascar work at the grassroots, listening to local people and working with them and local partners to establish shared aims which address both short and long-term needs.  The charity recognises the relationship between poverty, environmental degradation and poor health, so by planting and protecting hundreds of hectares of indigenous forest they aim to promote social development and improve the management of natural resources by local people.

Feedback’s work in Madagascar is carried out through independent NGO Ny Tanintsika (Malagasy for "Our Earth"). Ny Tanintsika was created with the assistance of Feedback staff and friends. Treemad's aims include establishing 3 million trees in 3,000 hectares which will catch 66,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year, as well as actively protecting a further 30,000 hectares of existing natural forest.  Local people will plant native trees for Treemad. It’s £3 per tree and we intend to help them plant 665 trees at the cost of £2000.

Madagascar holds 5% of the world’s plant and animal species, making it one of the most biodiverse places on the planet.  However, deforestation has resulted in many species being put at great risk: of the 71 surviving lemur species in Madagascar, 64% are endangered or vulnerable.  Two of our lemur species at Blair Drummond Safari Park - the black-and-white ruffed lemur (pictured below) and red ruffed lemur - are both critically endangered.

One of the charity's successful ventures is The Wild Silk Project, featured and detailed in the BBC documentary "Madagascar" to highlight good conservation practise.  Their efforts have resulted in the production of 50 tonnes of silk yearly that is sold locally, regionally and internationally, substantially increasing the income of 800 households Feedback Madagascar work with.  These scarves are woven by the Malagasy women of Madagascar and money goes towards women's cooperatives to pay a living wage to their makers.

Feedback Madagascar

Silk Project

Feedback Madagascar Silk Project

Where your money goes

Ranomafana National Park

Project Leader

Fiona Carmichael. Lemur Land Keeper

I work with different species of lemur every day, all of them endangered in the wild.  It is essential that we protect these unique animals before we lose them and the trees they live in. That is why I want to help Feedback Madagascar plant new trees to provide lemurs with much-needed habitats, ensuring we prevent their extinction.

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Fast facts
• Lemurs are found only in Madagascar!
• Black-and-white ruffed lemur populations have declined by 80% in the past 21 years
• Slash-and-burn agriculture is rife in Madagascar, destroying lemur habitats
• Black-and-white and red ruffed lemurs recognise each others' alarm calls!
Conservation status
Critically endangered