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28 okt Ranomafana NP (600-1400 möh) tidig morrontur, vi får se bambulemurer och fåglar. Lunch på hotellet sen gör vi en ny tur lite högre upp i parken. Det börjar dock regna kraftigt och vi får till sist avbryta och skjuta upp nattexkursionen till i morron.

De resandes träd Ravenala madagascariensis

Madagaskarstare Hartlaubius auratus Madagascar Starling E


Nesomys rufus Eastern red forest rat E

Uroplatus phantasticus Satanic leaf-tailed gecko

Glasögontetraka Xanthomixis zosterops zosterops Spectacled Greenbul E

Gyllene bambulemur Hapalemur aureus (inte upptäckt förrän 1991, bara här <150)

Gravstenar från 1700-t

Stor bambulemur Prolemur simus (endast far och dotter kvar i skogen)

Rödbukad lemur Eulemur rubriventer Red-bellied lemur

Saribia perroti (fjäril)

Ringsvansmangust Galidia elegans Ring tailed mongoose E

Blåpannad markblåkråka Atelornis pittoides Pitta-like ground-roller E

Rostryggad vanga Schetba rufa rufa Rufous Vanga E

Lunch hotellet och häftig orkidé där:

Arachnis maingayi ?

Junonia oenone epiclelia Dark blue pansy female

Calumma Oshaughnessy O'Shaughnessy's chameleon hane och hona

Guibemantis pulcher Tsarafidy Madagascar Frog

Mantella baroni (groda)

Propithecus edwardsi Milne-edwards' sifaka

29 okt Vi delar upp oss i fågeltur och lemurtur. Mycket fin fågeltur, ser mycket men även nära rödbukad lemur. Mindre tur efter lunch men tidig natt med grodor och muslemur.

Rostvit kungsfiskare Corythornis madagascariensis madagascariensis Madagascar Pygmy-kingfisher E

Svart asiti hona Philepitta castanea Velvet Asity E

Sovimangasolfågel Cinnyris sovimanga sovimanga Souimanga Sunbird

Giraffvivel Trachelophorus giraffe E

Guibemantis pulcher Tsarafidy Madagascar Frog

Madagaskarshama Copsychus albospecularis inexspectatus Madagascar Magpie-Robin E

Saribia perroti (fjäril)

Blå vanga Cyanolanius madagascarinus madagascarinus Blue Vanga E

Solfågelasiti Neodrepanis coruscans Sunbird Asity E

Madagaskarglasögonfågel Zosterops maderaspatanus maderaspatanus Malagasy White-eye

Rödbrun markblåkråka Atelornis crossleyi Rufous-headed ground-roller E

Heteropsis obscura gräsfjärilar

Rödbukad lemur Eulemur rubriventer Red-bellied lemur

Thamnosophis infrasignatus Forest water snake

De resandes träd Ravenala madagascariensis

Big-nosed Chameleon Calumma nasutum

Uroplatus phantasticus Satanic leaf-tailed gecko

Anodonthyla moramora (groda i träd)

Plethodontohyla notosticta trol

Leverbalsam Ageratum houstonianum


Microcebus rufus Eastern rufous mouse lemur

Mantidactylus betsileanus groda

30 okt Avfärd Ranomafana NP och lång bussresa till nästa mål

Ranomafana (which means “hot water” in Malagasy) is doubtless one the most spectacular National Parks of Madagascar. Due to the good access and suitable location near the RN7, great biodiversity (12 lemur species are found here) and developed infrastructures, it has become one of the most visited places of the island. Established in 1991, it expands over a mountainous terrain of 415 km² totally covered by dense moist primary and secondary forest area at altitudes between 800m and 1.200m. In 1986 the critically endangered golden bamboo lemur was discovered here by Dr. Patricia Wright, a fact that definitely pushed the government to create a national park.

The park contains twelve lemur species. Aside from the golden bamboo lemur, visitors can spot eastern woolly lemur, red bellied lemur, eastern grey bamboo lemur, greater bamboo lemur, red-fronted brown lemur, black-and-white ruffed lemur, Milne-Edward´s sifaka, Small-toothed sportive lemur, greater dwarf lemur and brown mouse lemur and the very rare aye-aye. Other mammals include 7 species of tenrecs, 8 bats and 6 carnivorous, like the Malagasy striped civet and some mongooses.

Birds are also wide spread in Ranomafana. There are at least 115 species catalogued (30 are local endemic to this part of madagascar), among them the Henst's goshawk, Rufous-headed ground-roller, velvet asity, mesites or the threatened crested ibis.
Apart from that, the immense wildlife is completed by 62 species of reptiles ( chameleons, snakes and fringed and satanic leaf-tailed geckos are pretty common), 98 frogs, 90 butterflies, 350 spiders and several fishes and crayfishes. As in Andasibe-Mantadia, most reptiles and frogs are best seen during night walks, when chameleons in particular initially reflect white in the beam of a torch.