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Wildlife Conservation Volunteering in Madagascar
Wildlife Conservation Volunteering in Madagascar

Wildlife Conservation Volunteering in Madagascar

The enchanting Island of Madagascar is famous for its bizarre assemblage of wildlife, its dramatic landscapes and its unique and varied ecosystems. No other island or place on earth boasts such a combination of species richness and endemism! For example, every native terrestrial mammal species found on this huge island is found nowhere else on earth! Most famous of all of its inhabitants though are the lemurs, primitive prosimians, whose name, derived from the Roman Lemures, meaning 'spirits of the dead' alludes to the country's ancient cultural traditions.


There are currently 103 recognised Lemur species on the island, all of which are believed to have evolved from a single colonising ancestor, who reached isolated Madagascar some 50million years ago! Sadly however, recent assessments made by the IUCN now show that the Lemurs are now the most endangered group of vertebrates in the world, with 94 species being classified as threatened with extinction! However Lemurs are not the only group of animals in need of help! The Amphibian fauna of Madagascar is considered to be one of the greatest on Earth, with 238 recognised species and with another 182 candidate species currently awaiting classification! Madagascar has sadly already lost over 90% of its original forest cover though, and this has put increased pressure on all of the endangered species who live here.

Madagascar is also the centre of diversity for chameleons, with almost half of this old world fauna being found exclusively on the island! Including both the largest, and smallest species in the world! In Madagascar, there are weird, unique and wonderful forms of life everywhere that you look, and the more you discover about each of them, the more amazing they become!

So journey with us to our current location in Northern Madagascar, an area which represents a transitional habitat between the floral communities of both the East and West, an area renowned for its high species diversity and high levels of endemism! One of the most threatened forest habitats in Madagascar - The seasonal humid forests of the Sambirano biome.

Why volunteer with wildlife in Madagascar?

Due to its geological isolation, Madagascar hosts an amazing amount of endemic species. As such, it is a unique location to volunteer in wildlife conservation. Many types of lemur, depsite being one of Madagascar's most iconic species, are now considered critically endangered. Many types of chameleon and other reptiles are also facing threat from habitat destruction.

With guidance from our staff conservationists, Frontier's wildlife volunteers in Madagascar are helping to monitor and catalogue many key species in Madagascar. They also take part in hands-on conservation initiatives and awareness-raising outreach programs with local communities.

What opportunities does Frontier offer to volunteer in wildlife conservation in Madagascar?

For volunteers wishing to undertake a wildlife conservation placement in Madagascar there are two options which tend to be most popular. Frontier's Madagascar Wildlife Conservation Adventure works with a number of key species on the island of Nosy Be , and is based at our picturesque beach camp. For those wishing to focus on one of Madagascar's most famous, and most endangered species, the Madagascar Lemur Conservation project works on a number of ground-breaking initiatives to help build Madagascar's lemur population and to inform governments and other NGOs on the conservation of this iconic species.

If you're not sure which placement to choose, please fill in our short application form and one of our volunteer advisors will call you back to talk you through the options and answer any questions.


“Frontier Madagascar was easily the best thing I could have done since leaving school. From the second you arrive everyone is so kind and willing to give you any tips that make adjusting to life there that much easier. From all of the amazing animals I saw to the great people I met I would recommend this for anyone looking to get outside their comfort zone. This was a truly once in lifetime experience that was worth every penny.”- Dale Speer – Madagascar Wildlife Conservation Adventure


See our Madagascar widlife conservation volunteering placements below:

Madagascar, Wildlife Conservation

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Madagascar Wildlife Conservation Adventure

Discover, monitor and assess the huge variety of Madagascar's exotic and rare species as you trek through remote regions of this hugely exciting island with Frontier-Madagascar.
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from US$295

  • Prices: from US$295
  • Region: Africa
  • Activity: Wildlife
  • Duration: 1 week +
  • Project code: MGF

Madagascar Teaching, Wildlife & Diving

An unforgettable teaching experience, a breathtaking trek through the prolific forests teeming with flora and fauna and scuba diving in one of the best diving spots in the world!
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from US$295

  • Prices: from US$295
  • Region: Africa
  • Activity: TEFL
  • Duration: 1 week +
  • Project code: MGA

Madagascar Expedition Management

Trek across some of the most untouched and diverse landscapes in the world, and learn how to lead your own expedition from one of our expert field guides.
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from US$2,745

  • Prices: from US$2,745
  • Region: Africa
  • Activity: Wildlife
  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Project code: MGE

Madagascar Lemur Conservation

Research and conserve the most endangered primates in the world. Help us to gain a better understanding of their ecology and implement practical conservation measures to conserve their habitat.
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from US$295

  • Prices: from US$295
  • Region: Africa
  • Activity: Wildlife
  • Duration: 1 week +
  • Project code: MGL

Madagascar Wildlife Conservation N.G.O. Internship

Discover, monitor and assess the huge variety of Madagascar's exotic and rare species as you trek through remote regions of this hugely exciting island on a wildlife conservation internship.
Read Latest Reviews Prices: from US$2,595

  • Prices: from US$2,595
  • Region: Africa
  • Activity: Internship
  • Duration: 2 Months +
  • Project code: MGI

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