As a volunteer, you may assist the research staff in checking traps for animals, surveying the forest for current prey populations, and collecting radiotelemetry data. Individual volunteers or small groups will be assigned on a rotating basis to check live or camera traps.
During the live-trapping phase of the project, traps are checked twice daily by a group of volunteers and a staff member. Volunteers may assist research staff with handling, measuring, marking, collaring, and releasing study animals.
Volunteers may also explore the more remote parts of Ankarafantsika National Park with a staff guide to conduct ecological and GIS surveys in the unsurveyed forests beyond the Ampijoroa Station area. These extended-range ecological surveys are similar to those that the trap teams conduct when censusing prey species encountered during the regular trap checks.
Volunteers and staff walk the 11-mile (17-kilometer) stretch of national highway that bisects Ankarafantsika, collecting data on animals killed by passing vehicles. This important work is the driving force behind the installation of speed bumps, which has resulted in a reduction in the number of fatalities of Ankarafantsika’s wildlife.
Mealtimes and optional morning and afternoon activities provide opportunities for team interaction and development. Special seminars and lessons may be given by research staff, Malagasy graduate assistants, and invited guests to large groups after meals and to smaller groups during non-trapping activity times.
Note: Field conditions and research needs can lead to changes in the itinerary and activities. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.