Ankeniheny Classified Forest This is an IBA in danger! 

Year of compilation: 2001

Site description
The site lies 25 km south of Moramanga and has a perimeter of 105 km. The topography shows east–west folding. Several rivers rise in the forest, such as the Ihofika in the east and the Fanjalava and Manampotsy in the west, and many small streams flow through it. Most of the site (14,000 ha) comprises mid-altitude, dense, humid evergreen forest, dominated by trees of Syzygium, Symphonia and Canarium. The remaining area (12,500 ha) is covered by secondary woodland (dominated by Albizia), savanna, fallow and cultivated land.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. Seventy-four species are known from the site, of which 46 are endemic to Madagascar. Newtonia fanovanae is only known elsewhere from a small number of low-altitude sites, and is present here at the upper limit of its altitidinal range.

Non-bird biodiversity: Lemurs: Indri indri (EN), Eulemur rubriventer (VU), Varecia variegata variegata (EN). Carnivore: Fossa fossana (VU).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
A significant portion of the forest is subject to community logging, with unknown effects on biodiversity. The forest is managed by local community organizations, which have variable control over illegal logging and hunting by outsiders. Some forest clearance occurs in the area, despite agreements to halt it.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ankeniheny Classified Forest. Downloaded from on 31/03/2023.