DR. ARMAND RANDRIANASOLO
Organization: Missouri Botanical Garden
Research: Habitat restoration for eleven species of lemur in Vohibe Forest Ambalabe community, Vatomandry, Madagascar
Abstract: The proposed project aims to aid in the reforestation of Vohibe Forest a 3,117 hectare tropical rainforest in eastern Madagascar after a devastating cyclone hit in February 2012. The forest is home to 11 species of lemur and is the source of food, medicine, construction materials and fresh water to nearly 9,000 people in the surrounding community of Ambalabe. The people of Ambalabe have been actively working to conserve and reforest degraded areas of Vohibe Forest since 2005 when the William L. Brown Center from the Missouri Botanical Garden partnered with the community for scientific research and conservation. The damage incurred by Cyclone Giovanna destroyed much of the lemur’s habitat and food supply. This project will speed up the forest canopy recovery process by engaging the local population to reforest Vohibe Forest with lemur food and habitat sources.