Welcome to Madagascan Amphibian & Reptile Conservation (M.A.R.C), raising awarness of the declines and conservation efforts for the Amphibian and Reptile species from one of the largest biological hotspots in the world, Madagascar.
This a website that provides written information, photographs and video footage on the amphibians and reptiles from Madagascar. It is our intention and wish to raise awareness about these animals, as well as trying to conserve them and their preferred habitats which are heavily threatened.
There are more than 311 currently described species of anura (frogs & Toads) in Madagascar, found within the four families of Hyperoliidae, Mantellidae, Microhylidae and Ranidae however, there are still believed to be another 200 plus species yet to be described. Nearly 99% of these amphibians are solely enedemic to Madagascar and its’ coastal islands known in Malagasy as ‘Nosy‘ but unfortunately, nearly 100 species currently listed as being threatened with extinction, nine of which are classified as ‘Critically Endangered’ by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
There are approximately 406 currently described species of reptilia (Snakes, Lizards, Tortoises & Crocodiles) in Madagascar, found within the fifteen families of Testudinidae, Podocnemididae, Pelomedusidae, Dermochelyidae, Cheloniidae, Crocodylidae, Scincidae, Opluridae, Gerrhosauridae, Agamidae, Chamaeleonidae, Gekkonidae, Boidae, Lamprophiidae, Typhlopidae. Just like amphibians in Madagascar, more reptiles are currently being described by taxonomists and approximately 95% of them are endemic to the island.
The types of threats that, not just amphibians and reptiles but all fauna and flora are facing, are both numerous and devastating. They range from unsustainable agricultural practices including ‘Tavy’ (Slash & Burn), deforestation (mining, illegal logging and land clearance, illegal collection of specimens for the pet trade and so much more.