Meet a Guide – Roger RAZAFITSIRESY

Roger with a group of tourists in Andasibe National Park

Roger with a group of tourists in Andasibe National Park

Born in Andasibe in 1983, Roger has been a Mitsinjo member since 2004. Before then he was a student, but grew up in Andasibe and has always been familiar with the local flora and fauna. He began working as a guide with our Association in 2006.

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Since working with Mitsinjo he has participated in a number of our projects, including assisting visiting researchers in studies as diverse as:

  • Behavioral monitoring of the Hairy-eared Dwarf Lemur (Allocebus tricotus)
  • Forest mapping with Project Manondroala
  • An ecological survey of the Diademed Sifaka (Propithecus diadema) in Andasibe National Park
Roger on the road to Andasibe eyeing a mixed flock of vangas

Roger on the road to Andasibe eyeing a mixed flock of vangas

One of Roger’s specialties is the birds of Andasibe. He is skilled in finding even the most difficult-to-see species, such as the Helmut Vanga, Pygmy Kingfisher, Scopes Owl, Crested Ibis, Madagascar Wood and White-throated Rail, and even the Pitta-like Ground Roller. He worked with a German ornithologist in 2012 to lead and participate in a training course for guides regarding the birds of Andasibe and their natural history.

The Helmet Vanga is one of Andasibe's most iconic birds but difficult to find without a trained guide. This photo was taken by Roger near Eulophiella Lodge.

The Helmet Vanga is one of Andasibe’s most iconic birds but difficult to find without a trained guide. This photo was taken by Roger near Eulophiella Lodge.

Before your visit, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Mitsinjo to work with Roger. He can also be reached directly at rogerandasibe (at) gmail (dot) com or by telephone at +261 33 02 568 44 and +261 34 06 566 86

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One thought on “Meet a Guide – Roger RAZAFITSIRESY

  1. For my trip in June 2017 I asked for Roger on the recommendation of a friend who’d been to Madagascar 2 years ago. His dedication to his work, the flora and the fauna is genuine and obvious, and although it would have been easy for him to take a break while I was happily photographing a family of lemurs (and he found every daytime species there is there), he’d go and track down some more instead. It was a pleasure to quietly appreciate nature at its finest with someone of Roger’s expertise.

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