Wildlife & Animals – Ranomafana 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.

Ranomafana National Park (Parc National de Ranomafana) is home to 12 species of lemur; seven active in the daytime and five active at night. The most sought-after is the golden bamboo lemur, which can only be seen in Ranomafana. Red-fronted brown lemur and red-bellied lemur are easily seen and the sportive lemur can often be found during the day resting in the fork of a tree.

Wildlife Highlights

Ranomafana is home to three different bamboo lemurs: greater, grey and the critically endangered, but locally common golden bamboo lemur. Bamboo lemurs are quite plain looking but their restricted habitat makes them a specialty in Ranomafana. Another special sight in the rainforest is the giraffe-necked weevil. Just as real giraffes, the males fight with their elongated necks.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Ranomafana can be visited at any time, but most people try to avoid the middle of the Wet season. Perhaps the best months are from September to December. While this is during the Wet season, it is before the big rains arrive. Some animals, reptiles especially, are harder to see in the cold Dry season months from June to August. April and May are also shoulder months and are a good choice.

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