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"Safari Birding": an ecotourism revolution in Madagascar

Date posted: 
Friday, February 2, 2018

A new initiative to expand birding tourism.

Mahavavy-Kinkony is home to some of the birding community's most sought-after species © Jorlin Tsiavahananahary

Until now, only a few intrepid ecotourists have ventured out to Mahavavy-Kinkony in Madagascar, a habitat packed with extraordinary and rare wildlife. But that looks set to change with a new initiative to expand birding tourism – for the benefit of both wildlife and local livelihoods.

Mahavavy-Kinkony is a place like no other: a vast complex of forests, lakes, marshes, mangroves and grasslands, packed with extraordinary and rare wildlife. And it’s not just wildlife – its towns, villages and landscapes also make it a vibrant cultural hub for the people of western Madagascar. So far, only a few intrepid ecotourists have visited the site, but this is set to change. Read this fascinating story here.

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