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In November 2001, Nicolas Hulot TV Facilitator flies balloon the Makay massif lors du tournage de son émission Ushuaia Nature. Les images aériennes sont spectaculaires et le message clair : personne n’a jamais mis les pieds dans ces profonds canyons qui font office de coffre-fort de biodiversité et tout est à découvrir. Passionné d’exploration et tombé sous le charmes de ces images, le photographe et scientifique Evrard Wendenbaum rêve déjà d’aller sur place.

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Dany Cleyet-Marrel's hot-air balloon hovering over the world's last refuge of the endemic palm tree Ravenea Rivularis. Makay range, Madagascar

In August 2004He left Antananarivo mountain bike for a tour whose climax must be Makay. But the tracks are sandy and he painfully manages to reach the villages in the foothills. Without accurate maps and guides ready to take him, he sees the mountains from a distance. This first attempt was a failure but it is only a postponement. And this journey enables him to become aware of the difficulty of access to the mass, the bushfires which are the main threat to Madagascar's nature and pervasiveness of dahalosThe zebu thief.

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Explorer Wendenbaum Evrard, initiator of conservation Makay, discovered the massive Makay for the first time in 2004, suffering.

Convinced of the invaluable biological wealth of Makay, Evrard launched in August 2007, a new surveying expedition. Grâce aux images de Google Earth, la petite équipe de 11 personnes dont huit porteurs pénètre pour la première fois dans le labyrinthe de canyons du Makay. Ils filment, photographient et notent tout ce qu’ils peuvent sur les écosystèmes rencontrés, les passages découverts, les animaux et plantes observés. Ils récoltent notamment plus de 40 espèces de plantes, des échantillons qui sont ensuite envoyés au Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle de Paris, et découvrent aussi un patrimoine archéologique inattendu : the first cave paintings of Madagascar.

The ecosystems encountered were varied and the landscapes magnificent. The richness in biodiversity was evident (as the discovery of 5 new species of plants in the herbarium confirms), as was the archaeological richness. But it was above all the sad reality of the ravages of bushfires inside the massif and its deepest canyons, that prompted Evrard to act towards preserving the Makay Massif.

He then directed the documentary "Makay, the last Eden" from this adventure, hoping to find partners for the conservation project he launched in Makay Nature January 2008.

In August 2009he founded the association Naturevolution with Emeric Mourot to carry on the project.

In January 2010, thanks to private partners, Naturevolution launches first scientific mission ever carried out in the Makay and embeds a dozen scientists for nearly 4 weeks in the field.

At the end of the mission, the conclusion was simple and unanimous, it was imperative to return as fast as possible, as Makay natural environments were of immense wealth, and whose survival depended on the speed of our response, since the threats to the environment were numerous and strong.

Naturevolution then launched in late 2010 one of the largest inventory of biodiversity mission ever undertaken in Madagascar and takes in the Makay canyons for three months almost 60 international scientists of any discipline.

This exceptional mission gave rise not only to magnificent archaeological and biological discoveries, but also to the first 3D adventure documentary released in late 2011.

Today Naturevolution actions go far beyond the scientific expeditions and focus on concrete conservation actions such as reforestation, from environmental education, ecotouristic development and Management of Protected Area.

They also exceed the framework of the Makay massif. essentially turning towards others regions in 2013, with the same objectives of emergency conservation, to other areas that include some of the richest in terms of biodiversity, , very difficult to access, yet highly threatened.