New Protected Area of Anthem

  • Status : New Protected Area
  • Sponsor : Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle
  • Area : 20 600 ha
  • Population : 1000
  • Geolocation : Northwest of Madagascar
  • Funded since : 2013

The Antrema forest station is classified first Malagasy biocultural site since 2000.

This peninsula is located at approximately 4 kilometers from the rural town of Katsepy, in Boeny region and is limited by the Mozambique channel. It extends over an area of 20 600 Hectares.

The site contains several typical ecosytems of the north-west coast of Madagascar. It is mostly covered by species of palms (bismarckias) ; mangroves and dry forests are home to several species of lemurs.

This reserve is composed of 153 plant species (76% endemic), 23 species of amphibians and reptiles, 75 species of birds, 5 species of lemurs including the famous "crowned sifaka" (crowned propithecus, considered by the Sakalava as representatives of their ancestors so they protect and place it under the supervision of the Prince Tsimanendry), and marine fishes, freshwater and brackish water.

In collaboration with the University of Antananarivo, this protected area is managed by the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle (MNHN).

However, the threats and pressures that weigh on the site are cutting down forests and the transformation of the savannas palms in oil palm plantations.