Wildlife & Animals – Nosy Mangabe SR

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.

Several lemur species can be seen in Nosy Mangabe including the charismatic black-and-white ruffed lemur and the white-fronted brown lemur. It is, however, the wealth of reptiles and amphibians that makes the reserve really special. The tiny Antongil leaf chameleon and the large colorful panther chameleon are both present and this is the best place in Madagascar to see leaf-tailed geckos.

Wildlife Highlights

If you come at the right time of the year, from July to September, you might be able to witness an amazing display of whale activity when thousands of humpbacked whales come to Antongil Bay to have their young. Humpback whales are known for their frequent breaching, the little-understood but spectacular behavior of leaping into the air. There are lots of dolphins and sea turtles in the bay throughout the year.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Nosy Mangabe can be visited throughout the year, but since the only access is by motorized boat from Maroantsetra, visits are weather dependent (especially during the cyclone season from January to March). Lemurs have their young in October and November and reptiles are most active from September to February. Between July and the end of September the humpback whales stay in Antongil Bay to calve. The steep trails can get slippery during the Wet season months from December to July.

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