VIP List

The Masoala-Makira protected area complex can be called a biodiversity hotspot within a biodiversity hotspot. According to the Wildlife Conservation Society, with whom we collaborate, around 50% of Madagascar’s biodiversity resides within the bounds of the Makira and Masoala Parks.

We only study a very small niche of the greater ecological community, due to the methods we use. We do not sample ants or beetles, we do not catch and catalog amphibians or lizards, or do point transects for canopy birds. However, using both line transects and camera traps, we have cataloged an impressive list of animals residing in our study sites.  After the scientific name of each animal is their rank according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).


*This list is by no means exhaustive…we are still entering data!


Common tenrec (Tenrec ecaudatus LC)
Large Madagascar Tenrec (Setifer setosus LC)
Lowland Streaked Tenrec (Hemicentetes semispinosus LC)
Ring-tailed Vontsira (Galidia elegans LC)
Broad-striped Vontsira (Galidictis fasciata NT)
Fanaloka (Fossa fossana NT)
Falanouc (Eupleres goudotii NT)
Brown-tailed Vontsira (Salanoia concolor VU)
Fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox VU)
Red Forest Rats (Nesomys spp.)
Tufted-tailed Rats (Eliurus spp.)

Asian Musk Shrew (Suncus murinus)
Black Rat (Rattus rattus)
Bush Pig (Potamochoerus larvatus)
Domestic Dog (Canis familiaris)
Feral Cat (Felis spp.)
Small Indian Civet (Viverricula indica)
Zebu (Bos primigenius)


Geoffroy’s Dwarf Lemur (Cheirogaleus major LC)
Gmelin’s Wooly Lemur (Avahi laniger LC)
Rufous Mouse Lemur (Microcebus rufus LC)
Aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis  NT)
Eastern Lesser Bamboo Lemur (Hapalemur griseus VU)
Red-bellied Lemur (Eulemur rubriventer VU)
White-fronted Brown Lemur (Eulemur albifrons VU)
Indri (Indri indri EN)
Red Ruffed Lemur (Varecia rubra EN)
Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur (Varecia variegata CR)
Silky Sifaka (Propithecus candidus CR)
Hairy-eared Dwarf Lemur (Allocebus trichotis DD)
Seal’s Sportive Lemur (Lepilemur seali DD)


Blue Coua (Coua caerulea LC)
Crossley’s Babbler (Mystacornis crossleyi LC)
Madagascar Cisticola (Cisticola cherina LC)
Madagascar Magpie-robin (Copsychus albospecularis LC)
Madagascar Paradise-flycatcher (Terpsiphone mutata LC)
Madagascar Turtle-dove (Nesoenas picturata LC)
Madagascar Wagtail (Motacilla flaviventris LC)
Madagascar Wood Rail (Canirallus kioloides LC)
Malagasy Scops-owl (Otus rutilus LC)
Pitta-like Ground-roller (Atelornis pittoides LC)
Red-breasted Coua (Coua serriana LC)
White-throated Oxylabes (Oxylabes madagascariensis LC)
Madagascar Crested Ibis (Lophotibis cristata NT)
Rufous-headed Ground-roller (Atelornis crossleyi NT)
Appert’s Tetraka (Bernieria apperti VU)
Helmet Vanga (Euryceros prevostii VU)
Scaly Ground-roller (Brachypteracias squamiger VU)

Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris)


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