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Madagascar - Wildlife Research and Conservation

Volunteer opportunity

Volunteer Opportunity posted by: GoEco - Volunteer Abroad

Posted on: November 21, 2013

Volunteer Opportunity description

Travel to the island of Nosy Be in Madagascar to research its many exotic species in an effort to preserve the region's biodiversity!


As the world's fourth largest island, Madagascar boasts ecologically diverse landscapes that are home to species not found anywhere else! Our aim is to conduct vital research to inform local governments about how to design new projects that will manage and protect the ecosystems. So come and gain experience in the field of environmental science and truly contribute to wildlife conservation.

Volunteers are trained in a number of techniques in order to assess and evaluate the area's bionetworks. These include snake pinning, morphometric data collection and live trapping techniques such as Sherman and Pitfall trapping. You'll learn to compile species inventory, compare various habitats as well as map vegetation, resource usage and levels of human disturbance. Volunteers will survey plants, mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians including species like the Black Lemur, various snakes, chameleons and geckos. You'll also get the chance to contribute to the local community through educational outreach.


Each day volunteers hike to remote locations to conduct the day's fieldwork; expect to work early mornings and late nights. Volunteers have Saturdays off. On your free time you may go snorkeling, swim in waterfalls, relax on the beach, chat around a bonfire or play football, beach or even river volleyball with the locals.

Project Highlights

  • Wander down the Avenue of the Baobabs.
  • Visit one of Madagascar's many national parks such as Isalo, Ranomafana and Masoala.
  • Take a scuba diving course which may be offered subject to time constraints and space availability.
  • Meet locals and other like-minded volunteers from around the world on this unforgettable adventure!


Project Duration

2 - 20 weeks

Participant Requirements

  • Ages 16 – 50
  • Good English
  • Immunizations
  • Good level of physical fitness

Project Fees Include

  • Pre-Departure Kit
  • Airport transfers included on day of arrival (if before noon on the first Monday of the month)
  • Orientation and all necessary training upon arrival
  • Full room and board (shared tent or hut accommodations and 3 meals daily)
  • Local staff and 24 hour emergency support


How to apply

For more information and to apply, visit our Madagascar - Wildlife Research and Conservation page, or email us at