Influence of ecotourism to lemur reproduction in Ranomafana National Park (Madagascar)

Offering organization

Madagascar National Parks

Offer description

Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar, has about 7 species of diurnal lemurs which attract many researchers and tourists from all over the world. These species are endemic to Madagascar and have EN and CR status according to the IUCN. However, the ecological monitoring observed for more than ten years has shown that the population of these species is gradually decreasing with a fairly low reproduction rate. The causes of this decrease are numerous and have been studied by several researchers for years. On the other hand, the analysis of the disturbance made by visitors (researchers, tourists, pupils, guides, park agents, local community, etc.) is still poorly known and not studied in relation to the reproduction of these species. This disturbance is especially marked by the opening of the forest caused by the small tracks created by the tourist guides or researchers in search of the animal and which are outside the tourist circuits. Thus, this is the goal of this study.

Required tasks

– Know the reproduction of the lemurs of Ranomafana.

– Know the park.

– Analyze the spatial frequentation of lemurs and visitors.

– Analyze the existing basic data on the ecological monitoring of lemurs.

– Capitalize the results during 5 last years.

Basic requirements

– Training: Biology and Ecology of wildlife.

– Language: it is preferable that the internship masters French because all the documents to be analyzed are in French.

– IT: it is preferable that the internship is advanced in Excel, has a skill in database management.

Desirable requirements

Other skills such as knowledge of scientific statistical analysis (SPSS, R software), and GIS programming.

Duration

6 months

Financial support provided?

Yes. The institution can help with internet connection and transport to the parks if needed.