Listing over 80 endemic specimens, the Makay Massif is a jewel of nature nestled in the southwest of the Big Island. Its biodiversity and spectacular relief have attracted the interest of explorer Evrard Wendenbaum and the Petzl Foundation. The details.
A life-size show
The Makay Massif is a wild territory located near Ranohira, in the southwestern part of Madagascar. Spread over more than 4000 km², this rocky massif is home to an exceptional fauna and flora still preserved from deforestation and human attacks. Spectacular, the Makay massif fascinates with its geological formations dating back several millennia. Consisting of huge domes of friable sandstone, it is furrowed by green canyons lined with primary forests. Given its relief and the ancient customs of the region, this case has preserved its splendor for several centuries.
An exceptional biodiversity
During an expedition supported by the Petzl Foundation, the Naturevolution association - made up of 80 researchers - was able to explore the inaccessible lands of the Makay Massif in 2012. The explorations led by the team led by Evrard Wendenbaum made it possible to highlighting the biodiversity of this exceptional site. Indeed, more than 80 endemic specimens were inventoried during the explorations. For two months, the team of scientists inspected every corner of the massif. In addition to discovering new plants and animals, naturalists have discovered cave paintings and ancient sakalava tombs.
A box to preserve
For its incomparable beauty and for its biodiversity, the site of Makay deserves a specific protection. Indeed, this jewel of the south of the island is threatened by the practice of burning culture. As a result of deforestation, this farming technique tends to gain ground in the less fertile regions of the Big Island. Otherwise, oil prospecting is also a threat to this piece of paradise. In order to put in place conservation measures, the Naturevolution research team conducted an awareness campaign with the Ministry of the Environment to raise the Makay massif to the status of a protected area.