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Anja Reserve: Ring-tail Lemur Haven (83) More files... by Cyril RUoso
Feature Stories - Anja Reserve: Ring-tail Lemur Haven * NEW *
In a country where over exploitation of the land is rampant the Anja Community Reserve is a bright example of pragmatic community-based conservation. Created in 1999 this small Madagascar nature reserve was imagined by a group of locals working with alongside the national forest service. The plan for the six participating villages was simple: protect the habitat and wildlife which will benefit the environment and attract ecotourists providing income and employment to the local community. Farmers were relocated, reforestation with native tree species was begun and an environmental education program was instituted.

Previous to the effort local forest lands were being cleared using slash and burn techniques for corn planting which lead to erosion and loss of water retention in the soil. Loss of land productivity and low agricultural yields drove the locals to hunt lemurs as a source of protein - animals were also caught and sold to the illegal pet trade. By the early 1990s it is estimated that fewer than 100 lemurs inhabited the devestated forests in the Anja area - the environment was destroyed. Having established this protected area the locals have turned the tides and the Reserve is home to the highest concentration of Ring-tailed Lemurs (locally called Maki) on the island country and they are the star attractions for visitors with over 400 individuals.

Association Anja Miray, a local group established in response to the degradation of the forest, maintains and protects the reserve. The association's ecotourism initiative helps to fund community works projects related to education and health alongside conservation activities. With income generated by entry fees to the Reserve and the sale of handmade items the community was able to build two schools and cover the teachers' salaries the first year. The growth of ecotourism has also helped to diversify the local economy of 2,500 community members, encouraging fish farming and tree nurseries. Since visitors must hire a guide to escort them into the Reserve locals gain important jobs and revenue from the ecotourists.
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) group huddling for warmth, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00594037 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) group huddling for warmth, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) group sleeping, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00594036 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) group sleeping, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) group huddling, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00593973 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) group huddling, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) mother and young in forest, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00593980 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) mother and young in forest, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) mother and young, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00593977 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) mother and young, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) mother and young, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00594011 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) mother and young, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) mother and young, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00593992 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) mother and young, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) mother with twins, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00593998 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) mother with twins, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) pair feeding on fruit, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00593997 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) pair feeding on fruit, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) mother and young, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00593990 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) mother and young, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) mother and young, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00593978 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) mother and young, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) mother with young drinking, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00593968 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) mother with young drinking, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) mother with young drinking, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00593969 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) mother with young drinking, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) mother and young, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00594012 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) mother and young, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) young playing, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00594007 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) young playing, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) mother carrying young, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00594008 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) mother carrying young, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) feeding on fruit, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00593999 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) feeding on fruit, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) in tree, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00593960 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) in tree, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) mother with young feeding on fruit in tree, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00593961 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) mother with young feeding on fruit in tree, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) feeding on leaves in tree, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00593984 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) feeding on leaves in tree, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) mother and young in tree, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00594039 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) mother and young in tree, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) in tree, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00594003 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) in tree, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) mothers and young in tree, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00593993 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) mothers and young in tree, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) in tree, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00594001 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) in tree, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) marking tree, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00594022 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) marking tree, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) in forest, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00593981 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) in forest, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) pair in tree during rainfall, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00594021 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) pair in tree during rainfall, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) sleeping in tree, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00594027 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) sleeping in tree, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) male marking territory, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00594019 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) male marking territory, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta), Anja Park, Madagascar
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00594017 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta), Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta), Anja Park, Madagascar
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00594010 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta), Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) feeding on fruit, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00593971 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) feeding on fruit, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta), Anja Park, Madagascar
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00593994 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta), Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) male scenting tail to use during stink fights with other males, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00593989 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) male scenting tail to use during stink fights with other males, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) group basking, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00594015 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) group basking, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) pair basking, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00593963 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) pair basking, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) basking, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00593962 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) basking, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) basking, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00594006 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) basking, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) pair basking, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00593965 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) pair basking, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) mother with young feeding on minerals, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00593964 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) mother with young feeding on minerals, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) mother and young, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00593966 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) mother and young, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) in tree, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00593970 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) in tree, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) sleeping in tree, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00593979 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) sleeping in tree, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) group on rock formation, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00593982 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) group on rock formation, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) pair in cultivated garden, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00593991 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) pair in cultivated garden, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) mother and young, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00593988 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) mother and young, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta), Anja Park, Madagascar
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00593976 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta), Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) jumping, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00593983 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) jumping, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) running, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00594016 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) running, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) jumping, Anja Park, Madagascar
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00593995 Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) jumping, Anja Park, Madagascar© Cyril Ruoso
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