Volatile Discovery at Mahavavy Kinkony

Safari Birding is another way to discover the natural resources of Mahajanga province. This unforgettable event was held in the commune of Matsakabanja from 5 to 8 November. Success was at the rendezvous. All visitors composed of researchers, tourists and students were able to observe different species of birds living in this locality.

Ensure the protection of natural resources

The birding safari is a way to draw attention to the existence of a unique wealth in this locality. It also aims to raise awareness about the importance of protecting these birds, especially those that are endangered. Several organizations collaborated to make the event a success, including a German cooperation agency, the Boeny Regional Tourism Office and the Asity Madagascar Association.

Endemic species and migratory birds

During the visit, the participants were able to discover various endemic species of the region. The focus was on this endemic bird of the province called the Therskiornis bernieri. Another bird was also in the spotlight, namely the sacred ibis or Voronosy in Malagasy. The latter is threatened with extinction. The event was therefore to enhance the value and protection of this bird. Other species even more amazing than the others have completed the picture. These are herons, flamingos and terns. Migratory birds were also present. They had been there since May and would not leave until December.

Protected area, an ornithological sanctuary

The organizers have opted for this kind of safari not only to discover the birds but also to see the protected area Mahavavy Kinkony : a unique place extended on a surface of 258 900ha. Like a bird sanctuary, this protected area also forms a tourist site where you can watch the sunset, where the biodiversity is rich and where nature remains intact. Moreover, during the expedition, the discovery of small surrounding villages such as Ampitsopitsoka was planned. While birds were the focus of the birding safari, other animals such as hedgehogs, reptiles, lemurs and mammals were also observed. They all live in the heart of the protected area and are protected individuals who guarantee the wealth of the place.