Mada­gas­car?

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Q&a -

This huge is­land na­tion is a dream des­ti­na­tion for out­door en­thu­si­asts. Ex­plore its parks and re­serves to see many species that can be found nowhere else on Earth.

1 FOSSA

Kirindy For­est Fos­sas are Mada­gas­car’s apex preda­tor, a large mon­goose-like car­ni­vore that can grow to nearly 1.5m long (if you in­clude the tail). Elu­sive and hard to spot, but Kirindy is said to of­fer bet­ter odds than other lo­ca­tions.

2 AYE-AYE

Nosy Mangabe The ex­tra­or­di­nary ayeaye was in­tro­duced to Nosy Mangabe, which it was hoped would de­velop an ‘ark’ pop­u­la­tion. If you want to see any aye-ayes, you’ll have to stay the night.

3 GI­RAFFE-NECKED WEEVIL

Ranomafana NP Th­ese fa­mously bizarre bugs are only found in rain­for­est on the east side of Mada­gas­car. In the mat­ing sea­son, look out for males fight­ing for a fe­male us­ing their necks.

4 INDRI

An­da­sibe-Man­ta­dia NP The indri is the largest-liv­ing lemur and, with its black and white, lux­u­ri­ously thick coat, un­mis­tak­able for any of its rel­a­tives. Also renowned for their ex­tra­or­di­nary calls, there are some ha­bit­u­ated groups within the park.

5 VERREAUX’S SIFAKA

Ber­enty Re­serve This lemur is renowned for its el­e­gance, whether it’s leap­ing through the trees or bound­ing along the ground with its arms in the air. There are ha­bit­u­ated groups at Ber­enty.

6 RING-TAILED LEMUR

Isalo NP If there is such a thing as the ar­che­typal lemur, the ring-tailed lemur is it, even though it can only be found in the south. It feeds on the ground in groups of up to 30 in­di­vid­u­als.

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