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    Indicative flight schedule :
    TUESDAY , THURSDAY and SATURDAY
    Antananarivo – Anjajavy : 07.00am – 08.30am
    Anjajavy – Antananarivo : 09.30am – 11.00am
    Private charter flights on demand.
















    A CENTRE FOR NATURE CONSERVATION AND INTERPRETATION

    A CENTRE FOR NATURE CONSERVATION AND INTERPRETATION

    The reserves of Anjajavy have an exceptional natural diversity. The goal of the centre is to protect nature, enhance it, use it in a sustainable manner, understand it and promote its assets and appeal to the residents of the reserve and to its visitors. The centre, based at the hotel, aims to become independent as revenues flow in. Revenues today are generated by donations and tourist participation in sightseeing tours in the greater reserve.

    Currently based at the hotel, the centre employs and trains guides, forest rangers and trackers for fire prevention, anti-poaching approaches, environmental awareness, and to combat illegal forest logging.

    Anjajavy le Lodge welcomes national and international students and researchers with a vested interest in the biodiversity of the reserves of Anjajavy. Students usually study ecology, biology, zoology, botany or geomatics. The positions are sought-after. Since 2013 the hotel accommodates students from Cambridge University coming to study the lemurs, the first ambassadors of the reserve.

    The visitors to Anjajavy le Lodge widely contribute to the protection of the reserves through their visit. They also participate directly in the permanent biological inventories of the reserve by recording their animal or plant observations (photos, exact location, phonology or behaviours…) on websites dedicated to specialized naturalistic observations (inaturalist.org). This involvement of visitors in the biological inventories has a positive effect by promoting stronger future eco-touristic behaviours and activities like nature walks, discussions, participation in scientific research, and observation of interesting plants and animals. Bird watching, with its collection of bird species observed in nature, is a good example of this type of recreational activity of scientific importance.

    REFORESTATION

    A SUSTAINED ACTION, RESPECTFUL OF BIODIVERSITY

    Depuis 2009, le Lodge a reboisé 300.000 arbres d’espèces autochtones ou pantropicales non invasives sur les zones dégradées autour et dans la grande réserve d’Anjajavy. Les taux de survie (35% en 2014) s’améliorent d’année en année.
    Certains arbres sont protégés par des palissades adaptées contre les zébus et les chèvres et arrosés régulièrement pendant la saison sèche de 8 mois.

    Une pépinière est entretenue avec soin à l’hôtel. Les variétés sont choisies en fonction des terrains et des objectifs de reboisement. Ainsi les arbres parasols Terminalias ont été utilisés pour les plaines et savanes destinées au paturages, les moringas près des villages l’ont été les propriétés nutritionnelles exceptionnelles de leurs feuilles appréciées par les villageois et la possibilité d’utiliser les graines comme floculent naturel pour clarifier l’eau potable.

    Des reboisements d’arbres fruitiers comme les manguiers, les citronniers et les anacardiers permettront d’apporter des revenus agricoles tout en étoffant la frange tampon autour de la réserve et d’éviter les feux volontaires. Les ébènes et palissandres sont aussi replantés pour une exploitation éventuelle dans l’artisanat dans 50 ans.

    Les baobabs, assez résistants au feu et à la sècheresse, sont plantés autour des pare-feux. Différentes variétés de mangroves sont plantées sur les terrains salés et proches de la mer, elles agiront comme barrière naturelle à l’érosion, aux vents salés et à la montée des eaux et apporteront leur évapotranspiration aux écosystèmes forestiers de la région.

    THE TRADITIONAL HEALERS: PROTECTING AN ANCESTRAL KNOWLEDGE

    RECORDING BOTANICAL KNOWLEDGE OF HEALERS
    Soothsayers (Mpisikidy and Mpanandro), sorcerers (Ombiasy) or simple healers (Dadarabe) are commonly consulted by people in cases of unresolved medical problems. The results of their formulations are sometimes surprisingly efficient. It took years for these Sakalava traditional healers to develop an empirical knowledge of the pharmacopeia of so many native plants of the reserve. This ancestral knowledge which was orally transmitted through generations, constitutes an exceptional heritage of great value. Yet as a result of modernity, standardized medical practice and deforestation, knowledge tends to dwindle or slowly disappear.

    The Conservation Centre of Anjajavy formally records on an ongoing basis information which the traditional healers of Anjajavy are willing to share. The vernacular name, the collection site as well as a text describing the known or assumed properties of the essence are accompanied by photographs of the leaves, fruits or flowers.

    This way, the Conservation Centre hopes to help preserve traditional knowledge and also prove the precedence of possible findings as a protection against bio-piracy for the future benefit of the local population.


    THE AYE-AYE

    A PARIAH ANIMAL, WELCOME IN ANJAJAVY
    The Aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis) is an animal unlike any other, the only representative of its genus, the Daubentoniidae. Borrowing many features of rodents, this lemur (90 centimeters long including a 45 centimeter-tail included, weighing 2.5 kilograms) has continuously growing protruding incisors. Its two large ears use echolocation to locate insect larvae in the wood of trees and it uses its very long, thin middle fingers to extract them.

    Strange-looking with its white face, yellow eyes and skeletal fingers, this nocturnal animal is being hunted everywhere on the big island, a victim of superstitious beliefs and a reputation as a coconut thief. The region of Antonibe – a rural commune comprising Anjajavy – is no different. This animal has thus disappeared from the large Anjajavy forest where elderly people still remember seeing it regularly when they were children. Even though the species has the largest area of natural habitat of all lemurs, it is in danger of becoming extinct.

    Very difficult to view in its natural habitat, the mobility of the aye-aye and its behavior in dry areas is still poorly understood and is being researched. Anjajavy le Lodge, confident in a change of mentality among the local population, runs a project to reintroduce this primate in the reserve as part of a scientific and research programme with MBT lemur research team, fielded by Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha and Antananarivo University.