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Ankarana Special Reserve is home to one of Madagascar's extraordinary "tsingy" eroded limestone formations, the vestige of an ancient fossilized coral reef. It is also a sacred site for the Antankarana ancestors, and hosts the royal mast coronation ceremony of the quinquennial "Tsangantsaina" relic-washing festival. The reserve also boasts ten species of lemurs including the dimorphic crowned lemur (Eulemur coronatus), as well as the aptly named Galidia elegans mongoose, and over ninety species of birds including the Vasa parrots. Trails in the reserve include the short hike to the bat cave, the hike to the "perte de riviere" where the surface rivers go subterranean (the reserve sits on a network of caves and grottoes, some of which are home to the world's only known cave-dwelling crocodiles), and the long (eight-hours-or-so) loop to the Great Tsingy and the green lake.

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