Wildlife & Animals – Amber Mountain NP

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Insight guide to Madagascar.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Insight Guide to Madagascar.

Philip is the author of the Insight Guide to Madagascar.

Although Amber Mountain National Park (Parc National Montagne d’Ambre) is visited mostly for its scenic beauty, there is plenty of wildlife to be seen. The rainforest has an impressive list of chameleon species. A guide should be able to find the miniscule Mount d'Ambre leaf chameleon as well as the master of camouflage, the mossy leaf-tailed gecko.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
Crowned lemur Occasional
Mouse lemurs Occasional
Frogs Occasional
Fossa Very Rare
Amber Mountain
fork-marked lemur Rare

Wildlife Highlights

Although Sanford's brown lemur and crowned lemur are quite common in the park, finding them is usually not the main focus. A standard visit is a hike, taking in some of the waterfalls and lakes, and looking for chameleons, frogs, leaf-tailed geckos and day geckos along the way. Lucky visitors might also see a beautiful Madagascar tree boa.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Amber Mountain can be visited throughout the year. April to May and October to November are recommended for seeing reptiles without too much rain. Many reptiles and amphibians are harder to see in the drier months from June to September as they are less active. Around October to November many lemurs have babies. The wettest months are from mid-December to March and hiking in the forest can become more difficult.

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