Lemur Research & Biodiversity Monitoring

Experience the famous Madagascan wildlife through field work which involves trekking for lemurs and discovering the species that inhabit the island!

About the Program

Deforestation is an ongoing problem in Madagascar due to international developments and local charcoal production. This causes a huge threat to the natural habitat of both the lemur species and all the other species that inhabit the forest  You can make a lasting contribution to the ever decreasing habitat in South East Madagascar by monitoring valuable and high profile species such as lemurs. The data that is collected will help towards providing information to make informed management decisions about the use of the last forests of Madagascar.

Due to Madagascar’s long isolation from neighbor continents, this island is home to an abundance of plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth – in fact around 90 % of all plant and animal species found in Madagascar are endemic! Through our research, we aim to determine the size, behavior and territories of existing populations of umbrella species such as lemurs, as well as other rarer species that exist in some of the last forests of the area. This information will be used to make informed decisions on the further development of the natural habitat.

Comfort level - Adventurer

You will not have access to most amenities like indoor plumbing, electricity, well-stocked shops or banks, except on town days

This is only recommended for those who have experienced volunteering or travelling in a developing country and are up for the challenge of living outside their comfort zone.

  • The town is very run down but full of character, giving volunteers plenty to explore and an ideal introduction to island life, as it is surrounded by beautiful beaches and some interesting architecture 
  • Madagascar is a much desired holiday destination because of the beautiful coastline and tropical forests, ideal for relaxing weekends off
  • The area is famous for hosting unique and sometimes extremely endangered insect, reptile and mammal species – a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness
  • The quaint villages surrounding the town are an amazing reminder of how simple life should be, with very few amenities, but happy smiling children to welcome you to their home 
  • You can fly into Antananarivo, and spend a few nights exploring the incredible French Architecture, interspersed with fresh fruit and fish markets and a colourful array of woven products
  • You can combine any of our Fort Dauphin initiatves and have a full, unique volunteering experience

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Suitable for


Typical day

This schedule may vary because of your time of arrival and time of year, but a typical week would look like this: 
  • Saturday: Arrival & Orientation 
  • Sunday: Time off to explore the area 
  • Monday: Travel to Analapatsy, Orientation/Training & Tree Nursery Management 
  • Tuesday: Lemur Research/Biodiversity Monitoring 
  • Wednesday: Lemur Research/Biodiversity Monitoring 
  • Thursday: Research/Monitoring & Nocturnal Walk 
  • Friday: Tree Nursery Management & Travel to Fort Dauphin 
  • Saturday Optional Excursion

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
Criminal Background Check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Specific qualifications are not required for
this project, although volunteers will need to
have a love for the environment and be
comfortable in nature.
If you have experience, or interest in Field
Work, then this placement is for you! We
also accept independent researchers, so
please send us a proposal if you would like to
conduct your research through us.
Volunteers need to be confident with
speaking English and knowledge of French is
very beneficial but not essential. Good health.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:00 - 17:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at EDGE of AFRICA are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

When you arrive in Fort Dauphin, EDGE of AFRICA has some great opportunities lined up for your stay including: Andohahela National Park - located in southeastern Madagascar and uniquely characterized by two extreme ecosystems: endemic dry spiny forest and tropical rainforest, where you can spot 12 species of lemurs, 129 species of birds, 75 species of reptiles, 50 species of amphibians, and more than 1,000 species of plants, making it one of Madagascar's most biodiverse parks! Nahampoana Reserve - a scenic drive from Fort Dauphin will take you to this small reserve ideal for lemur spotting and is home to every lemur species native to the south of Madagascar; and Saint-Luce - approximately a 2.5 hour, very bumpy drive from Fort Dauphin, a beautiful coastal area, with a postcard perfect rural village to boast, the environmental reserve extends the expanse of the white beaches and a beach hike or just lazing in the sun are great ways to spend an afternoon.

Water Sports


What's included?
All project operating costs, equipment, tools and resources - Pick up & drop off from arrival points (Fort Dauphin) - 24/7 emergency support - Orientation & Training - Accommodation - 3 Meals a day - Project Related Transport - Project T-shirts - and an exclusive return volunteer discount.
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Airport Pickup

Please arrange airport pickup upon arrival during your application process.

On departure, your project coordinator will transport you to the airport and/ or assist with any further travel arrangements. If you are travelling
further through Africa we are more than happy to provide any advice or support in planning your onward journey.


During the week, you will be Camping in tents. There is no running water, or access to hot water and very little access to solar power. You can expect to use long-drop toilets. We will be providing you with fresh drinking and washing water. On weekends, you will be staying in our volunteer accommodation in Fort Dauphin. Facilities in Fort Dauphin include: showers (no hot water), electricity, communal kitchen, communal lounge area, and dorm style sleeping arrangements

Food & Beverages

We provide 3 meals a day. Volunteers should expect to be eating local cuisine. however we are happy to cater for specific dietary requirements as best we can!

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
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12 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Tolanaro/Madagascar between 2 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. EDGE of AFRICA will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with EDGE of AFRICA during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Madagascar

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Madagascar. Please check the visa regulations for Madagascar.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Madagascar and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Madagascar.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Madagascar.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Ivato International Airport (TNR) in Antananarivo. We assist you to find cheap flights to Madagascar.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Madagascar provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Madagascar you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Madagascar.
What can you do in leisure-time in Madagascar while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
Tolanaro, Tolanaro, Madagascar

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