Wildlife & Animals – Masoala 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.

Masoala National Park (Parc National de Masoala) is a wildlife haven with a large variety of lemurs, small predators, reptiles and amphibians. However, you’ll have to work a bit harder than you do in more-popular parks to see a lot of species. The very localized red ruffed lemur is most sought-after, but other lemurs to look out for include the Masoala woolly lemur and Masoala fork-marked lemur.

Abundant
Common
Occasional
Rare
None
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fork-marked lemur Occasional
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sportive lemur Common
Mouse lemurs Occasional
Tomato frog Occasional
Aye-aye Very Rare
Fossa Very Rare

Wildlife Highlights

The park is a hiker’s paradise and the attitude to wildlife viewing here is mostly ‘to see what you see’ along the way. However, the endemic red ruffed lemur is regularly spotted. You often hear them before you see them as they are very vocal and loud. Beautiful moths and butterflies flutter around the dappled light in the forest, and humpback whales are a common sight during their breeding season.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Masoala can be visited throughout the year, but the park has a very wet climate and the rain can interfere with your activities during the Wet season (from December to July). Lemurs have their young from October to November and reptiles are most active from September to February. Between July and late September humpback whales stay in Antongil Bay (Baie d’Antongil) to breed and calf.

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