Exploration missions

Would you like to explore the remote canyons of the Makay in search of rare species? Help map the biological and archaeological heritage of this exceptional environment? These missions are for you!

Scientific expedition 2017 in the Makay

What do we do?

These missions have specific objectives, such as researching little-known or rarely-seen species, and inventorying the Makay’s archaeological sites.

Examples of missions:

Hapalemur or bamboo lemur in the Makay Massif, Madagascar

How does the mission work?

These missions are itinerant and require good physical condition. Campsites are dismantled on a regular basis – on average every 2 days, but potentially every day depending on observations and field conditions – to continue prospecting at new sites, generally far back in the massif. Ecovolunteers are guided by our ecoguards and one of our project leaders, and accompanied by a team of porters.

Scientific exploration in the Makay massif

What impact will the project have?

The aim of these exploration missions is to improve our knowledge of the most remote sites in the massif (where it is very difficult to bring scientists). Thanks to them, to the number of ecovolunteers and porters involved and to the protocols we manage to deploy in a very short time, we bring back crucial information for the conservation of the Makay.

This information complements that obtained during our participatory science missions, which are carried out in more accessible regions, using more in-depth study protocols.

These missions also enable us to continue training our ecoguards, to carry out regular surveillance of the entire Makay Protected Area, and to meet and talk with villagers we rarely get the chance to meet in our other projects.

Ecovolunteers discover the Makay massif

Mission dates

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More info and registration

All information about our ecovolunteer missions, including dates and rates, can be found on the Ecovolunteer Missions in Madagascar page. You’ll also find the pre-registration form.