Animal Travels: Madagascar


Madagascar has many different and interesting species, perhaps the most famous of which is the ring-tailed lemur. In this post, I hope to walk you through some of the most famous species that Madagascar has to offer and also some of the best places to spot them.

The ring-tailed lemur is a popular zoo animal, however the best place to see them is of course in their natural habitat and Madagascar is the only place to do this as ring-tailed lemurs are a species endemic to Madagascar (meaning that it is the only place that they live). Perhaps the best place to view ring-tailed lemurs in Madagascar is at the Anja Reserve near to Ambalavao.


Coquerel’s Sifaka, or as I like to call it “The Eternally Surprised Lemur” is another species of lemur that is endemic to Madagascar. These lemurs are distinguishable by their white and reddish fur. The best place to see these beauties is at Arjajavy Private Nature Reserve.



I simply can’t finish talking about lemurs on Madagascar without adding the islands creepiest resident the Aye-Aye. The island of Nosy Mangabe is reported to be the best place to find the Aye-Aye, however only for the extremely lucky as the Aye-Aye is an extremely elusive animal that does not like to be found.

Madagascar isn’t just home to lemurs though, it also has its own endemic species of mammal, the fossa.


The fossa resembles a large elongated dog with a cat-like face. They are best viewed at Kirindy near Morondava.


Madagascar’s waters are also filled with amazing animals too!

The waters between the mainland and Ile Sainte-Marie are the best place to view the humpback whales, particularly between the months of July and October.

So overall, Madagascar has a multitude of animals, however, don’t expect to find a hypochondriac giraffe, a robust hippo, a daft zebra and Alex the lion.

If anybody is paying a visit please let me know and I can give some tips and we can discuss the wildlife together!

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