Ankeniheny Classified Forest This is an IBA in Danger! 

Country/territory: Madagascar

IBA criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (1999)
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Area: 26,500 ha

Asity Madagascar
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2017 very high very unfavourable high
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Site description (baseline)
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).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Ankeniheny Classified Forest. Downloaded from on 04/06/2023.