The Ambatovy-sponsored Golden Mantella (Mantella aurantiaca) breeding program, with the collaboration of the Mitsinjo association, was successful as shown by the first test results presented at a summative assessment workshop, in the presence of senior officials from the Ministry of Environment, on Friday, October 4, 2019, in Andasibe.
The 162 Golden Mantella that were transferred from their spawning ponds in the area of the Ambatovy mine footprint in Moramanga to the “Toby Sahona” breeding center in Andasibe, in 2012, are adapting to their new habitats and have multiplied while in captivity. This allowed for the release of over 1,500 of these frogs into the wild in May 2017, following the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) protocols. This was a great first, especially regarding amphibians. In the same spirit, Ambatovy will continue to support the Golden Mantella relocation program for the next three to five years.
While operating in a region particularly rich in biodiversity, Ambatovy applies an environmental management program based on the mitigation hierarchy (impact avoidance, minimization, restoration and compensation), with regard to its ore extraction activities in its mine site in Moramanga.