Madagascar & Comoros team

Richard Lewis

Richard Lewis

Richard is Director of the Madagascar Programme. He joined Durrell in the late 1990’s to search for the Madagascar teal. After discovering where the teal nested with colleagues Felix and Kassidi, Richard began Durrell’s work protecting wetlands in Alaotra, Nosivolo and western Madagascar and expand to include rere and the Madagascar pochard. Following a period coordinating research and then all conservation field activities, in 2008 Richard became Programme Director with responsibility for all of Durrell’s projects in Madagascar.


Aina Ramamonjisoa

Aina Ramamonjisoa

Aina joined Durrell in 2008 as Head of Finance and Administration. He is responsible for overseeing all our Madagascar accounts, and liaising with our finance department at HQ in Jersey. He is also responsible for human resource management for the Madagascar team. Aina holds two business degrees, in accounting and finance, and his experience working in the business sector and as a financial analyst make him a valuable member of the decision making team in Antananarivo.


Lance Woolaver

Lance Woolaver

Lance joined the Madagascar Programme in 2009 as Head of Species Conservation and Research, responsible for managing the species related projects and field teams in Madagascar. Lance has had a long history with Durrell, attending ITC courses in 1997 as Wildlife Preservation Canada’s New Noah student, managing projects for the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation and even volunteering for a year in Madagascar surveying teal and narrow-striped mongoose for Durrell in 2001. In previous roles Lance has also worked with a range of Critically Endangered species including the California condor, Kakapo, and Ridgway’s hawk.


Hasina Randriamanampisoa

Hasina Randriamanampisoa

Hasina began working for Durrell in 1993, helping to develop our administrative framework. In 1996, he accepted new responsibilities as Communications and Logistics Coordinator. Hasina is responsible for liaising with our governmental partners, dealing with legislative issues, and for coordinating all media activities. Hasina is an excellent folk guitarist, using this talent to produce entertaining education films on Durrell’s conservation activities in Madagascar.


Herizo Andrianandrasana

Herizo Andrianandrasana

Herizo started with Durrell as a student in 1998. Since 2001 he has been our Ecological Monitoring Coordinator, responsible for GIS mapping, ecological monitoring, and also the development of protected areas. Hery received training at the ITC in 2004, and completed his MSc. with the University of Antananrivo in 2009. He was then chosen to attend Conservation Practices course led by the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at Oxford University and is now completing a PhD there looking into measuring the impacts of Durrell's conservation projects in Madagascar.


Bary Jean Rasolonjatovo

Bary Jean Rasolonjatovo

Bary Jean joined the Durrell team in 2005 as Project Manager for Alaotra, coordinating Durrell's work around Madagascar's largest lake which aims to conserve wetlands for the benefit of local communities and the Alaotra gentle lemur, the world’s only marsh dwelling primate. Bary Jean brings a wide range of experience to our work with local communities having previously worked as a  teacher, as well as an agricultural technician helping people learn new sustainable techniques. 


Bellarmin Ramahefasoa

Bellarmin Ramahefasoa

Bellarmin has been Manager of Durrell’s Nosivolo Project since 2005. The Nosivolo River, with 19 endemic fish species, is the most important site in Madagascar for fish conservation.  Due in large part to Bellarmin’s efforts, the Nosivolo has been designated as Madagascar’s first riverine Protected Area, and a Ramsar site. Bellarmin plays a crucial role in educating local people on the value of protecting the river and developing priority conservation actions.


Ernest Bekarany

Ernest Bekarany

Ernest Bekarany has been managing the Chelonian Captive Breeding Centre at Ampijoroa since 1996. Ernest is responsible for overseeing the health and captive breeding of three Critically Endangered species: the ploughshare tortoise, Madagascar side-necked turtle, and flat-tailed tortoise. Ernest received training at the ITC in Jersey in 2002 and 2013. Ernest’s responsibilities include management of facilities and staff, ensuring proper animal care, and liaising with Madagascar National Parks at Ankarafantsika. Ernest provides a steady presence at the facility.


Felix Razafindrajao

Felix Razafindrajao

Felix Razafindrajao has been working with endangered waterfowl since 1999 as our Waterbirds Project Manager. Felix has played a major role in the study of the ecology and distribution of Madagascar teal, and has developed methodologies for monitoring colonial nesting waterbirds in Madagascar. In 2008, he presented at the 12th Pan-African Ornithological Congress in South Africa. In 2009 Felix took on a major new responsibility, managing the recovery programme for the world's rarest duck, the Madagascar pochard. 


Floriot Randrianarimangason

Floriot Randrianarimangason

Floriot started with Durrell as assistant to Ernest in Ampijoroa, taking care of the rere, ploughshare and flat-tailed tortoises. In 2010 Floriot switched from taking care of the world's rarest tortoise to managing the captive breeding facility in Antsohihy for the world's rarest duck, the Madagascar pochard (Fotsimaso).


Henri Rakotosalama

Henri Rakotosalama

Henri started working with Durrell in 2006 as a Master's student studying the success of the ploughshare tortoise re-introduction in Beaboaly, which he successfully defended in 2009. He has been monitoring and protecting the reintroduced ploughshare tortoise population in Beaboaly between 2008 and 2014, in time for the released animals to start producing young of their own in the wild! And he is now responsible for overseeing the entire Baly Bay project.  


Lynda Andrianarimalala

Lynda Andrianarimalala

Lynda started working at Durrell in 2008 as a Financial Assistant. She was then promoted to being responsible for the Madagascar programme's accounting. Lynda now monitors our incoming and outgoing funds, audits the monthly and mission related financial reports and ensures all bank transfers for all of our projects in Madagascar.


Angelo Mandimbihasana

Angelo Mandimbihasana

Angelo started working with Durrell in 2000 as a student studying the population genetics of the ploughshare tortoise. He joined us as Baly Bay Project Manager in 2005, and received training in Jersey in 2009. Since 2010 Angelo has focused on coordinating research activities for the ploughshare tortoise, including his own PhD. which will be finished in 2014. 


Anselme Toto Volahy

Anselme Toto Volahy

Anselme began studying giant jumping rats with Durrell as a student in 1997. He started working for Durrell as a research biologist in Menabe in 2000. In 2011 Anselme became the Project Manager for the Menabe programme and his responsibilities now include managing the Menabe team to continue monitoring endangered species in the dry forest and wetlands of Menabe, overseeing the implementation of a locally-based forest monitoring project (CFL) and ensuring close collaboration with our key partners in the region.


Juliette Velosoa

Juliette Velosoa

Juliette Velosoa started with Durrell as a student in 1998. She joined our permanent staff in 2002 as Rere Project Manager (Madagascar side-necked turtle). Juliette has been researching rere distribution, ecology and population trends, and integrating local communities and traditional customs within active conservation programmes. In 2008, Juliette presented a paper at the World Herpetological Conference in Brazil, followed by turtle research on the Rio Negro. She is one of the world’s leading experts on “head-starting” chelonians.


Fidy Ralainasolo

Fidy Ralainasolo

Fidy Ralainasolo began working with Durrell in 2001 as a student studying the Alaotra gentle lemur. Since 2004, Fidy has been coordinating lemur research and rainforest conservation in Manombo as Project Manager. His research focuses on the ecology of two flagship species: the black- and white-ruffed lemur, and the grey-headed brown lemur, two of the world’s most endangered primates. Fidy is assisting village associations to sustainably manage the forest through development of alternative livelihoods, working with local partners to implement a system of locally-based forest monitoring, and developing a single protected area for the forests of Manombo.


Marguerite Rasoaniriana

Marguerite Rasoaniriana

Marguerite studied natural sciences and carried out paleontological research before joining Durrell in 2007. Her work in Nosivolo has concentrated on delivering micro-development projects as a means of creating alternative revenue and reducing the demand on the natural resources in and near the Nosivolo River.


Randriamahita

Randriamahita

Mahita has been working with Durrell in Ampijoroa since 2001. As well as being a key member of the captive breeding team, he also works on the monitoring and conservation projects for the rere in Ankarafantsika National Park. He is also one of the few people that has worked with Nile crocodiles in the wild in Madagascar.


Tsanta Rakotonanahary

Tsanta Rakotonanahary

Tsanta started as a veterinary intern with Durrell at the Wildlife Park in Jersey in 2011. She has been consulting for Durrell since then, providing invaluable support for the health and welfare of the animals in our care in Madagascar. Tsanta received her Degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2013, after which she became a permanent member of our team.


Emma Randrianasolo

Emma Randrianasolo

Emma joined the Durrell office in 2004 quickly becoming an important member of our finance team. Experience gained in the following  years resulted in Emma leading on significant improvements to the management of our finances from 2009 to present day. Emma is now our Financial Manager, a challenging position as our projects and staff continue to grow but her dedication and hard work keeps our projects running.


Bruno Razanadraibe

Bruno Razanadraibe

Bruno has been a driver of one of our iconic Land Rovers for Durrell since 2003 and has taken our field teams to the most remote and challenging field sites in Madagascar. His calm presence and ability to handle near-impossible road conditions enables field teams to carry out vital work. If Bruno can't get you there, than no one can.


Franckly Rakotomavo

Franckly Rakotomavo

Franckly started working as a driver for Durrell in 2009. In addition to being  an excellent driver Franckly was once a professional footballer and is a highly skilled petanque player. This competitive spirit means that Franckly does not back down whan the road conditions offer him a challenge.


Faraniaina Randrianasolo

Faraniaina Randrianasolo

As Administrative Assistant, Fara has kept our Madagascar office running smoothly since 2010. She completed her management training at the University of Antananarivo before she joined Durrell and her skills keep everything and everybody organised amongst the many comings and goings of the Madagascar team. 


Lydia Rasoarimanana

Lydia Rasoarimanana

Lydia, the cook and housekeeper for the Tana team is one of the longest working of all the Durrell staff in Madagascar. She has been with Durrell since 1996 and has provided thousands of hearty Malagasy meals for Durrell staff and visitors, including Gerald and Lee Durrell.


Claude Randrianirina

Claude Randrianirina

Claude is one of the longest working and steadiest of Durrell's staff in Madagascar. He has been an experienced guard for the Tana office since 1995. 


Mahazaka Ratsimalandy

Mahazaka Ratsimalandy

Mahazaka started working with Durrell in 2011 as an avicultural technician and assistant to Floriot at the Madagascar pochard captive breeding facility in Antsohihy. Mahazaka's ability to learn new skills and techniques extremely quickly and his ever present smile have become fixtures of the pochard team in Antsohihy.


Samuelson Rabenalimanana

Samuelson Rabenalimanana

Samuel is one of the most recent members of the Durrell team. He started working with us in 2012 at the Madagascar pochard captive breeding facility in Antsohihy as a guard and handyman but we soon recognised his natural ability to understand and handle the pochard and we promoted him to avicultural technician.


Iahia Bin Aboudou Abdallah "Kassidi"

Iahia Bin Aboudou Abdallah

Before joining the Durrell team in 1997, Kassidi was an experienced hunter of the Madagascar teal. His unique skills are now being used to save Madagascar's endangered waterfowl from extinction. When we needed to work out when the wild Madagascar pochard eggs would hatch so that we could collect young for the captive breeding programme, it was Kassidi who was able to estimate the exact date in advance, based solely on observing the behaviour of the nesting females. No technology, just Kassidi.


Richard "Babany" Mozavelo

Richard

Babany has been working with Durrell since 1997 monitoring endangered species in western Madagascar primarily in mangroves (Madagascar teal), dry forest (narrow-striped mongoose and giant jumping rats), and wetlands (nesting waterbirds and rere). He has taken a larger role in managing the nest protection program for rere with local people in the Ambondrobe New Protected Area since 2005.


Fernandel "Fefe"

Fernandel

Fefe has worked closely with the local community associations conserving wetlands in Masaorivo for waterbirds including the Madagascar teal and has been monitoring endangered species for Durrell in Melaky and Menabe since 2001. Fefe's experience working with local people has led to him being more involved in Durrell's community conservation projects in the Menabe-Antimena New Protected Area, including the large-scale forest monitoring program carried out by local monitors from the villages surrounding the dry forest of Menabe. 


Niaraha "Zapo" Filazaha

Niaraha

Zapo joined the Durrell ploughshare tortoise team in Baly Bay in 1996. His experience surveying for wild tortoises, skills as an excellent boatman, and knowledge of the habitat at the release site in Beaboaly are invaluable to the success of the reintroduction of captive-bred ploughshare tortoises to the wild. 


Basilisse Raharinirina

Basilisse Raharinirina

Bas has been taking care of the tortoises and turtles at Durrell's breeding facility in Ampijoroa since 2003, and knows all the animals there by heart. Prior to working as an animal keeper she was employed to keep the buildings at Ampijoroa clean, but we rapidly saw that she could handle much more responsibility.  Bas now ensures that the ploughshare and flat-tailed tortoises are very well cared for.


Louis Jasmin Bodet Andriamihaja

Louis Jasmin Bodet Andriamihaja

Bodet  started working for us in 1999 as an animal keeper at Durrell's breeding facility in Ampijoroa. He has many years of dedicated experience caring for tortoises and rere.


Etienne Fanomezantsoa

Etienne Fanomezantsoa

We never take half measures when it's about the safety of our tortoises! Especially since ploughshare tortoises are being continuously stolen in the wild for illegal trafficking. We want our breeding facility in Ampijoroa to be a safe haven, and that's why Etienne joined our team as a guard in 2001.   


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