Wildlife & Animals – Tsimanampetsotsa 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.

Tsimanampetsotsa National Park is a haven for a wide variety of wildlife. There are 24 mammal species including several lemurs. Most easily seen are the ring-tailed lemur and Verreaux's sifaka. The park is rich in reptiles, and the radiated and much smaller spider tortoises are of particular interest. Mitoho Grotto is home to a unique species of cave fish.

Wildlife Highlights

Night walks in the park are very rewarding. There are several lemurs only active at night to look out for, including white-footed sportive lemur, fat-tailed dwarf lemur and grey-brown mouse lemur. Of greater interest, however, is the Grandidier's vontsira, also known as the giant-striped mongoose. This small, localized predator, discovered as recently as 1986, is very rare but some cheeky individuals regularly visit the campsites searching for scraps of food.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Tsimanampetsotsa is open throughout the year. Most of the wildlife can be seen at any time, but hiking is easier in the cooler Dry season months, from April to October. The Wet season months, from November to March, tend to be the best for seeing some of the reptiles and lemurs only seen at night.

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