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LONDON, UK: 9 MAY 2012 - HRH The Princess Royal (Princess Anne) tonight presented a Whitley Award for inspirational conservation leadership to Josia Razafindramanana of Madagascar for her work to protect a rare lemur recently found living at scattered sites in the island's central highlands...
Click here to read more about Josia winning the award from the Whitney Fund for Nature (WFN)

Josia Razafindramanana - profile


Josia Razafindramanana submitted her PhD in 2011 on the ecological niche separation between ringtailed lemurs. She compares Berenty Reserve, where browns were first introduced in 1975, with Beoloka Reserve which contains only the native ringtails, and with Ambatotsirongaronga, where brown lemurs (Eulemur collaris) and ringtails live in natural sympathy.
       [For further reading of Josia's dissertation, click here:
Razafindramanana Josia -2011- PhD dissertation-Oxford Brookes University.pdf]


She began studying the impact of brown lemurs on tamarind trees as an undergraduate at Berenty, supervised by Hantanirina Rasamimanana. She then did a DAE at the School of Agronomy before continuing her PhD work at Oxford Brookes, supervised by Giuseppe Donati.

As a post-doc, she will work on the critically endangered crowned sifaka, Propithecus coronatus, and the prospects for its population both in captivity and in the field.
Josia has led the Annual Census of brown and ringtailed lemurs at Berenty since 2008, and will continue to do so. Anyone who wishes to volunteer for this census should contact her.


  Josia Razafindramanana  
Josia © A. Jolly


Marking brown lemurs for the census
Marking Brown Lemurs for the Census © A. Jolly