ANDASIBE, MADAGASCARSEPTEMBER 12, 2020SOURCE: AFPTV
1. Aerial shot the Andasibe forest with mountains in the background2. Aerial shot the Andasibe forest3. Wide shot a black and white indri-indri lemur on a branch4. Mid shot a brown bamboo lemur clinging to a branch5. Mid shot a sifaka lemur on a branch6. Close-up two sifaka lemurs on a branch7. Wide shot two black indri-indri lemurs at the top of a tree8. Wide shot a family of five tourists and a guide in the forest 9. Mid shot a family of five Malagasy tourists and 3 guides looking upwards10. Mid shot a family of five tourists in the forest looking and taking pictures with their phones
11. SOUNDBITE 1 - Linda Maminiaina (female, malgache, 10 sec): "It was during lockdown that I decided afterwards I really wanted to get out of Antananarivo, to visit new places we've never seen before."
12. SOUNDBITE 2 - Prisca Maminiaina (female, malgache, 13 sec): "I'm really happy to see the lemurs because they're not in captivity, we're seeing them in their natural habitat. It's so exciting to see them close up, to see their way of life, even the way that they eat."
13. Cutaway: Aerial shot a brown bamboo lemur clinging to a branch
14. Wide shot a family of three tourists looking upwards 15. Wide shot a family of four tourists and two guides in the forest looking upwards16. Wide shot two Malagasy tourist women in hats in a canoe with a guide paddling17. Mid shot a hotel staff member at the hotel reception desk18. Mid shot a couple with two children eating at a table in a restaurant19. Wide shot several seated restaurant customers with a waiter passing by
20. SOUNDBITE 3 - Anouk Izouara (female, French, 24 sec): "Usually at this time of year it's high season, and we'd be 90% full. However, now the tourists are local, we're no more than 5 or 10% full."
"Alors d’habitude à cette période, on est en pleine haute saison et on fait un taux de remplissage de plus de 90%, les touristes pour l’instant ce ne sont pas des touristes mais des voyageurs locaux qui reviennent un petit peu et on a un taux de remplissage qui ne va pas dépasser les 5 ou 10%."
21. Mid shot a guide showing felled trees 22. Mid shot a guide showing felled trees 23. Wide shot several burned trees with white smoke24. Mid shot burned trees with white smoke
25. SOUNDBITE 4 - Pascal Pierre (male, malgache, 18 sec): "Because of lockdown, many local villagers have cut down the trees for firewood because they can sell them. Others make lumber. They're illegally exploiting the forest to make money."
26. Cutaway: Aerial shot burned trees
27. Mid shot trees burning with some flames and smoke28. Wide shot several burned trees with white smoke29. Close-up a black and white sifaka lemur on a branch30. Mid shot a brown bamboo lemur clinging to a branch31. Tracking shot a canoe on a private lake32. Aerial shot the Andasibe forest
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Madagascar's lemurs take a breather as tourism struggles
ATTENTION - Video by Volana RAZAFIMANANTSOA ///Andasibe, Madagascar, Sept 23, 2020 (AFP) - Perched on a branch, the lemur blinks back intently at a group of gawking tourists disrupting a coronavirus-induced spell of tranquility outside Madagascar's Andasibe national park.The rainforest and animals thrived during five months of movement restrictions to limit the spread of Covid-19 in the Indian Ocean island nation.But struggling tourist facilities breathed a small sigh of relief at the start of September when local nature-lovers were finally allowed to travel to the reserve, a four-hour drive east of the capital Antananarivo.They now eagerly await the resumption of international flights, which bring visitors from across the world eager to catch a glimpse of the island's emblematic primates.In the meantime, Malagasy families are using new-found freedoms to escape the city smog and admire their natural heritage."During lockdown, I really felt like leaving the capital and thought we should seize the opportunity to visit new places," says Linda Maminiaina, 22, admiring the lemurs with her parents and siblings.A black and white Indri Indri, the largest known lemur, shrieked in the background. The species is critically endangered and a rare sighting."These lemurs are not in a cage but in their natural habitat," Linda's 20-year-old sister Prisca exclaims.While the family gasps and points excitedly at the animals, French hotel owner Anouk Izouard still deplores the lack of visitors."The season is usually in full swing by now and we should be 90 percent booked," says Izouard, who also manages a restaurant and a small private reserve.Local visitors are only using five to 10 percent of the facilities, she added. Most of her 100-odd employees remain out of work.Coronavirus and its economic impact have also caused damage to the rainforest itself.Ranger Pascal Pierre says local communities had started chopping down trees and selling them as firewood to make ends meet.It is the first time he has ever come across this in over 30 years as head of the Andasibe forest guide association."Some also cut wood for construction, they are illegally exploiting the forest to earn money," Pierre lamented. Logging could destroy the natural habitat of lemurs and other unique fauna Madagascar has to offer.The country is a biodiversity hotspot and preservation of its fragile ecosystem is mainly funded by tourism, which accounts for around seven percent of economic activity.Almost all of Madagascar's 100-odd lemur species are red-listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), threatened mainly by deforestation and hunting.Over 30 are classed as "critically endangered", the IUCN's last category before "extinction". str-ger/sch/sn/tgb