Wildlife & Animals – Andohahela NP

Philip Briggs
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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.

Andohahela National Park (Parc National d’Andohahela) has three different vegetation zones and a variety of animals associated with them. Most people come on a day walk to the most accessible section of the park, which is defined as a transition zone between rainforest and spiny forest. Ring-tailed lemurs are quite common here and lucky visitors might also see Verreaux's sifaka.

Wildlife Highlights

One of the more unusual animals to look out for on the forest paths is the Madagascar hissing cockroach, also known as hisser. At 5-8cm/2-3in, this is the largest cockroach in the world. As its name suggests, it makes a hissing sound, which can sometimes be useful to locate it. Strangely, they are sometimes kept as pets in other parts of the world.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Andohahela can be visited at any time. The best time for wildlife viewing is perhaps September and November. This is before the big rains arrive but at the beginning of the Wet season, which is an overall better time to see wildlife. Some animals, reptiles especially, are harder to see in the cold Dry season months from June to August. April and May are shoulder months and are a good choice too.

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