- Project name: Protecting the Aye-aye as a precious treasure for the local community.
- Project site: Manombo forest (Manombo Special Reserve)
- EDGE species: Aye-aye, Daubentonia madagascariensis
- Active: 2020 - ongoing
Rotsi has been working with Groupe d’étude et de recherche sur les primates (GERP) since 2015 and is currently a research & conservation officer within the organisation. Prior to working with GERP, Rotsi assisted in various different research projects within the Manombo region in Madagascar. Rotsi also participated in the 2016 EDGE Tools Course as a local participant.
Rotsia would like the Fellowship to help improve and expand her current project working in the Manombo Reserve. She hopes she will build the necessary capacity to combat environmental issues, improving her knowledge on many different aspects of research, and using the guidance from the EDGE team to effectively conserve the threatened aye-aye.
Rotsi’s project aims to maintain active conservation for the aye-aye while contributing to the local community’s efforts to achieve sustainable behaviour in their livelihoods.
Her objectives are to:
- Locate all signs of viability of the animal such as feeding traces, nests, faeces, territorial marking, etc.;
- Set up 10 camera traps in areas where there are signs of aye-aye presence;
- Carry out night surveys to count the number of aye-aye present at Manombo Special Reserve;
- Characterize habitat preferences where signs of aye-aye presence are encountered;
- Raise awareness of aye-aye conservation through education in schools, outreach and a final workshop.