Madagascar is the Fifth biggest Island in the World and is amongst the 17 megadiverse Countries. In term of biodiversity, Madagascar is very rich and is home to Lemurs which are only found in the Island. There are 113 species known of Malagasy Lemurs but due to lack of protection, most of them are threatened of extinction. Furthermore, many families can make a living through Ecotourism and all thanks to those fabulous creatures.
We are aware that many of you are willing to discover and learn more about those Lemurs in their natural habitat, that is why it is GERP's duty to fullfill your wishes and let you know more about those creatures and to protect them so that our future generation will have the chance to see them living and coexisting with humans.
Australia have their kangaroos , China their pandas, New-Zealand their kiwis and Bornéo their orang utans. But say, do we feel the same pride having our lemurs? Not only must we be pride of them but also be fierce protectors of this malagasy treasure who represent 20% of the world's primate.
We gladly invite you to enjoy your time through our website, and learn more about researches and means taken toward Lemurs protection in Madagascar.
Who We Are
✿ Pr Rakotosamimanana Berthe,
✿ Dr Rakotomalala Marlène,
✿ Pr Ratsimbazafy Jonah,
✿ Dr Andriatsarafara Rasolofonirina Fanantenana,
✿ Dr Ramanivosoa Beby Lalaseheno,
✿ Dr Rasamimanana Hantanirina,
✿ Dr Raveloarinoro Gisèle,
✿ Pr Ralison Farasolo Paule Aimée,
✿ Pr Rabarivola Clément,
✿ Pr Randria-Ravololonirina Gisèle
In 1994, ten Malagasy primatologists dedicated to protecting wildlife established a research institution in the form of an association called Groupe d'Etude et de Recherche sur les Primates de Madagascar (GERP). This organization has grown considerably and is now comprised of researchers, teachers, students, founding members, donors and consultants. Today, we have 111 members and 15 of them are foreigners.
The main goal of GERP is to share knowledge and skills in order to preserve biodiversity for future generations.
The logo features an indri holding the country of Madagascar. The indri are the largest living species of lemur, but also listed as endangered.
Indri are native to Madagascar and also called “babakoto" by the Malagasy people.
General Assembly - The General Assembly (GA) is the sovereign body of GERP. The GA is composed of all members and meets at least twice per year. General Assembly meetings are held to approve annual budgets, review member research, and discuss matters regarding the operation of GERP.
Steering and Monitoring Committee - The Steering and Monitoring Committee (SOC) guides and approves the programs and projects which to be implemented by GERP. The SOC is mainly composed of professionals currently serving in environmental and higher education positions.
Bureau - The Bureau is the executive body of GERP and is composed of a Secretary General, Executive Secretary, Treasure, as well as two counselors. The Bureau represents the organization in all acts of civil life and public relations.
In order to better manage our biodiversity conservation program and support community development, GERP maintains technical and financial partnerships with local and international organizations.