First Field Mission 2018 – Team Chikhi

Team Chikhi concluded its first mission of 2018 in North Eastern Madagascar, visiting and assessing the biological diversity of several forest fragments. The study region is located west of Sambava, where the few remaining forest fragments have yet to be explored.

Along the way, our fieldwork team traversed kilometres of difficult roads, crossed rivers, climbed mountains, and enjoyed exceptional views before arriving at the forests.

Preparation of the first mission:

Fieldwork team at lunch
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Preparing and checking the Sherman traps
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Preparing the forms for data collections

On our way to reach the forest:

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Unloading the fieldwork material from the ‘taxi-brousse’, the most common means of transport in Madagascar
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On the way to the forest, the road can sometime challenge you
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Talking with local people to find the easier access to the forest
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Fieldwork team ready to walk…
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…and to cross the river
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…using any means of transport…
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…and enjoying the journey…
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Beautiful and scenic views along the route
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Our campsite close to the forest of Andranomenabe
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Training on how to manipulate mouse lemurs
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Morphological measurements
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Team at work
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Fieldwork team and the villagers that welcome us
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A part of the fieldwork team leaves to visit another forest
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At the end of our first mission

A small ‘window’ to the Biodiversity of the visited forests:

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Microcebus spp., known also as mouse lemur
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Calumna spp., an endemic chameleon of Madagascar seen here in a coffee plantation
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Furcifer spp., another genus of chameleons mostly endemic to Madagascar
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Brookesia spp., known also as leaf chameleon, is one of the smallest chameleons on earth
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Uroplatus spp., a species of geckos endemic to Madagascar

Photos by Costanza Piccoli


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