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Wildlife Research in Madagascar

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Operation Wallacea

  • 1 person is interested

Operation Wallacea is a research and environmental organisation, working alongside university and college academics to build long term datasets to put towards various conservation management goals. We recruit volunteers to help out with the data collection, and train them in the skills and background that's needed to help effectively. There's also the option to complete dissertations or senior theses at our sites.

The Madagascar project is spread between a terrestrial site in the Mahamavo forest, and the marine site in Nosy Be - both in north part of this incredibly biodiverse country. The terrestrial projects focus on biodiversity assessment for a number of different species - herpetofauna, chameleons and frogs, crocodiles through boat surveys, lemurs, and bird species. The marine site is using a stereo-video survey technique to look at general reef health and 3D modelling to assess habitat complexity - like all Opwall marine sites, volunteers can also learn to dive there.

  • -About 90% of all animals and plants found on Madagascar are endemic to the island.Only 10% of original Madagascan forest coverage remains, so there is an urgent need for conservation.
  • -Unstudied coral reef systems at Nosy Be.
  • -World’s fourth largest island, and only place to find lemurs.
  • -Learn to scuba dive.
  • -Experience first hand new technology such as 3D reef modelling.

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About Operation Wallacea


Wallace House, Old Bolingbroke, Spilsby, Lincolnshire PE23 4EX, GB

Mission Statement

Gain invaluable field research experience working with wildlife in remote locations around the world. Operation Wallacea offers the opportunity to acquire a wide range of skills working with different animals and also to collect your own data if you plan to do a dissertation or senior thesis project.


Operation Wallacea (Opwall) is an organisation that runs a series of biological and conservation management research programs in remote locations across the world. These expeditions are designed with specific wildlife conservation aims in mind - from identifying areas needing protection, through to implementing and assessing conservation management programs. We invite students to work alongside our scientists to collect real life data first hand. Volunteers also have the opportunity to collect their own data for a senior thesis or dissertation project.



We'll work with your schedule.


Mariarano Village & Nosy Be IslandMahamavo, Madagascar






  • Must be at least 18
  • 2, 4, 6, or 8 weeks within the months of June-August.
  • No previous experience required. We provide all necessary training on site. Just need to have a love for the environment and a passion for conservation!

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