Like Australia, Madagascar is plagued by invasive Toads. Enough similarities between our landscapes exist that this work with Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group will not only help Madaagascar find a way to get rid of the toads, it may help us too.
The Asian toad (Duttaphyrnus melansticutus) was identified in the port city of Toamasina in eastern Madagascar in 2014. A relative of the cane toad, this species is toxic and highly fecund. If left to spread across the island, it has the potential to wreak havoc as that seen in Australia with the cane toad. A team of eradication experts from New Zealand conducted a feasibility study on the toad’s eradication at the end of 2014. Given the already widespread nature of the incursion and the challenges of working in Madagascar, their recommendation was to trial eradication methods to determine efficacy and efficiency before deciding to attempt eradication. Madagascar has never faced an amphibian invasion of this magnitude, and does not have the necessary experience or resources. Outside experts must be brought in immediately to work with local Malagasy teams in order to implement methods to trial various eradication methods. The results from these studies will be used to update the feasibility study and assist decision-makers in deciding whether to attempt eradication.
Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group (MFG) staff, most of who have lived their entire lives in Toamasina, plan, implement, evaluate and oversee conservation projects. Their understanding of local needs and their ability to proceed within the framework of local policies and politics, coupled with the consistency of the MFG's presence in the community, has enabled the MFG to become a respected voice for conservation within Madagascar.
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