Wildlife & Animals – Ankarana SR
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.
Ankarana (Réserve Spéciale Ankarana) is a scenic hiking destination and most visitors focus on seeing the tsingy, caves and lakes. Although there is plenty of wildlife around, especially in the forested areas, you might not see many animals. The most common lemur species encountered are the crowned and Sanford’s brown lemur. Ring-tailed mongoose can sometimes be seen at the campsites.
brown lemur Common
sportive lemur Occasional
free-tailed bat Common
ground boa Rare
Although there are 11 species of lemur recorded, Ankarana is not specifically favorable for seeing these charismatic creatures. The underground caves are a good place to find some of the less cuddly inhabitants of the reserve. Madagascar free-tailed bats are commonly found, and they are just one of 16 bat species recorded. Less easy to see are the Nile crocodiles that have uniquely adapted here to living underground.
Best Time for Wildlife Viewing
Ankarana can be visited year-round. However, the months from May to November offer the best hiking conditions. June to August are the coolest months and this is the ideal time to do some of the more strenuous hikes. In October and November lemurs are most active and have their babies. During these warm months, snakes are more easily spotted as they come out to bask in the sun.
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