Ariadne is a renowned African wildlife photographer whose work is featured in many well-known guidebooks and magazines.
Lemur paradise on the Pangalanes
Although I’m usually a bit of a snob when it comes to the authenticity of wilderness places, I couldn’t help but be charmed by the lemur interaction which makes Palmarium such a popular reserve on the Pangalanes Canal of the east coast of Madagascar. If you want to see and photograph lots of different lemurs at close range without the effort of long rainforest hikes, this is the place for you. Some of the introduced habituated lemurs you’re certain to see are the acrobatic black-and-white ruffed lemurs as well as black, crowned and red-bellied lemurs. Slightly less conspicuous but worth finding on a guided stroll around the 50ha/123ac grounds, is the all black morph of indri. However much I loved furry lemurs jumping on my shoulder and performing all kind of tricks in the hope of getting a little treat, I’d come here to see the mysterious aye-aye, the largest nocturnal primate in the world. This is the most reliable place to see these fascinating long-fingered, large-eared lemurs with perpetually growing rodent-like teeth. By many considered the strangest primate in the world, this bizarre looking animal certainly gives meaning to the expression ‘a face only a mother could love’.