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Andasibe's Analamazaotra Special Reserve is famous as the home of the babakoto "indri" lemur ("indr(o)" means roughly "there it is" in Malagasy - a well-meaning guide for some early explorer must have spotted a babakoto, pointed and shouted ... and the rest is history). These largest of all living lemurs are monogamous, and do not live in captivity anywhere in the world. They greet the morning with a unique display of elaborate calls that echo throughout the forest. Several groups in the reserve have become highly habituated and are therefore relatively easy to see. The area also shelters grey bamboo lemurs and brown lemurs, as well as Parson's chameleons which can exceed half a meter in length, the Madagascar tree boa, and numerous birds including the Madagascar blue pigeon, the blue coua, the Nelicourvi weaver, The Madagascar paradise flycatcher, the blue vanga and the Madagascar buzzard.

Mantadia National Park is similar though over twenty times larger, and more rugged hence less often visited. However it does shelter some fairly habituated diademed sifakas, arguably the most beautiful of the lemurs.

A visit of the forest around Andasibe is one of the most memorable experiences of any first visit to Madagascar.

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