Anja Community Reserve
Anja Community Reserve was created in 2001 with the help of the U.N. Development Program, with the forest having been designated a protected area reserve by the Government of Madagascar in 1999.
Beside preserving the environment and protecting wildlife, Anja Reserve has created employment and generated income for the local community.
The reserve extends over 30 hectares, enriched with an ecological wealth of flora and fauna species. It is considered to have the highest concentration of Ring-Tailed Lemurs ("Maki") in Madagascar. Estimates place the number around 300 individuals. Visiting in late August and September is particularly rewarding as mothers carry their young around and allow visitors quite close viewing.
An entry fee applies and you must be accompanied by a local guide. Anja Reserve does not receive substantial funding from any organizations, though the association receives technical support on a successful fish-farming project with a Malagasy non-governmental organization. By visiting Anja Reserve, you are helping to ensure sustainability of community development and the endemic beauty of Madagascar. There are two circuits a short (1-2 hour one) and a half day one. Camping accommodation is available at Anja and there are hotels locally and in the nearby city of Ambalavao.
Visit: South of Ambalavao, off the National Highway NR 7. Throughout the year.