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5 animals found only in Madagascar

Article by GVI

GVI

Posted: January 29, 2023

Madagascar, an island located off the coast of Africa, is renowned for its unique and diverse wildlife. The island has been geographically isolated for millions of years, leading to the evolution of a large number of endemic species, meaning they can only be found in Madagascar. In this article, we will take a closer look at some of the iconic animals that are found only in Madagascar, where they can be found and one place where you can spot them.

Lemurs

Lemurs are one of the most well-known animals found in Madagascar. Over 100 species of lemurs have been identified on the island, with a wide range of sizes and unique characteristics. Lemurs are primates, and they can be found in different habitats such as rainforests, wetlands, and dry forests. Some of the most notable lemurs found in Madagascar include the Indri, known for its distinctive vocalisations and the Aye-aye, known for its long thin middle finger which it uses to catch insects. You can spot lemurs in Lokobe National Park, which is located in the north-west of Madagascar, near the city of Nosy Be.

Chameleons

Another group of animals that are found only in Madagascar are chameleons. These lizards are known for their ability to change colour to match their surroundings, and over 60 different species of chameleons have been identified on the island. These species vary in size and colour, and can be found in different habitats such as rainforests and spiny forests. Some of the most striking species include the Panther Chameleon, known for its bright red or orange coloration and the Leaf Chameleon, known for its incredible camouflage abilities.

Tenrecs

Madagascar is also home to a group of animals called Tenrecs, which are closely related to hedgehogs. These animals are found in a variety of habitats, from rainforests to grasslands, and they come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Some of the most interesting Tenrecs found in Madagascar include the Lowland Streaked Tenrec, known for its long snout and bushy tail and the Giant Otter Shrew, which is the largest of all the tenrecs and can weigh up to 1 kilogram.

Fossas

Another fascinating animal found only in Madagascar is the fossa, which is a large predator closely related to the mongoose. They can be found in the rainforests and are known to prey on lemurs.

Reptiles and amphibians

Madagascar is also home to a wide variety of reptiles and amphibians, including a number of different types of frogs, lizards, and geckos. One example is the Tomato frog, which is known for its bright red colour and can be found in wetlands and lowland rainforests.

Discovering Madagascar’s Wildlife

Visiting Lokobe National Park is a great option for those who want to see lemurs in their natural habitat. This park is located near the city of Nosy Be, which is a popular tourist destination known for its beautiful beaches and crystal-clear waters. In addition to visiting the park, travellers can also take a boat tour to see the island’s unique wildlife, such as the fascinating fossa and the diverse chameleons.

Madagascar is a biodiversity hotspot that is home to a wide variety of unique and fascinating animals. From lemurs, chameleons, tenrecs, fossas to frogs, lizards and geckos, this island offers a wealth of opportunities to discover and explore the diversity of wildlife that call it home. The island’s isolation and different habitats have led to the evolution of many endemic species. Visiting Lokobe National Park and the city of Nosy Be is a great option for those who want to see the island’s unique wildlife while also enjoying the beautiful beaches and crystal-clear waters. This island is a prime destination for any nature lover or scientist.

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