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Menabe

The central Menabe (literally "Great Red") region used to be home to several protected areas, including Andranomena Special Reserve and the "Swiss forest" at Kirindy, that have very recently been merged into a single park.

The numerous ecosystems which characterize this region include the dense decicuous dry primary forest, and transition zones between the dry forest and the sub-arid spiny thicket of the South. At least four diurnal species of lemur are found here: Decken's sifaka, the brown lemur, the red-fronted lemur and the maki ring-tail. Notable among the rodents is the vositse, also known as the giant jumping rat. Other mammals include the elusive fosa, and the fosa fossana. Many birds and water fowl can be seen: Madagascar crested ibis, Madagascar sparrowhawk, Henst's goshawk, Sakalava weaver, Archbold's newtonia, thamnornis warbler, Lantz's brush-warbler, sickle-billed vanga, giant coua, and egrets around the mangroves. Most remarkable in the flora are the Malagasy rosewood or palisander (Dalbergia madagascarensis), and three species of baobab: Adansonia grandidieri, A. za and A. rubrostipa. Note that during the dry season, a significant part of the local wildlife, especially reptiles and amphibians, retire into hibernation.

Boabab Alley, just outside Morondava, is a unique spot where the visitor can walk among these majestic trees and admire their natural habitat, especially at sunset or sunrise.


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