Project History & Aims
GERP (Groupe d’étude et de recherche sur les primates) is an association based in Madagascar with nearly 200 members, including scientists and primatologists. Its purpose is centred on the conservation of Madagascar’s lemurs, and since its inception, it has focused heavily on working with local communities in Madagascar to effect change.
Sambirano Grey Gentle Lemur In Situ Survey
For the last five years Banham Zoo has provided funding for important research work to help establish the conservation needs of the wild Sambirano bamboo lemur (Hapalemur occidentalis), a species we keep and breed at Banham Zoo.
This lemur occurs from the north area of Madagascar to the east coast of the island but little is known about the ecology and behaviour of this species.
Activities in 2017
GERP proposed to continue and to reinforce the protection of this species by conducting a long-term study on the ecology of the species population. The work was also to include an update of the population density in the target area, particularly in Anjahambe Vavatenina.
These proposed studies will promote conservation of the species and will also provide new information about the ecology of the species and the habitat, of which little is still known. To establish a good conservation strategy, the participation of local people in conservation and research is needed.
2017 proposals included:
- To monitor the Hapalemur occidentalis populations in the nine identified localities in Anjahambe.
- To train local guides to help in monitoring and data collection.
- To reinforce the conservation of the species with campaign awareness and environmental education programmes.
- To start improving the livelihoods of local people in order to reduce tavy (Slash-and burn agriculture) in the area.
- To inventory other localities where the species may be present (in surrounding Anjahambe).
How is Banham Zoo supporting this project?
In 2017 Banham Zoo donated £500 to the SAMBRIANO BAMBOO LEMUR IN SITU SURVEY.
A total of £8,500 has been donated by Banham Zoo since 2011.
For more information go to: www.gerp.mg.