Lemurs and others at Berenty

25th October 2015. Berenty, Madagascar.

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We are in the middle of a nature reserve and the ring-tailed lemurs came right up to out cabin verandah in the morning.

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The little one’s now the right way around.

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An interesting flower in the desert garden near our room.  No doubt endemic and local.  Focus-bracketing from multiple images.

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Sportive lemur.  There are 24 species.  This is probably a white footed sportive lemur.

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A tiny scorpion on the side of my shoe.  Focus not the best but it shows you the scale.

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… And here he is, in more detail.

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Back to the ring tails….

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… and their young….

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Verraux’s sifakas, now.

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A red-fronted brown lemur with five baby Aldabra tortoises.

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There were two giant tortoise species in Madagascar prior to the arrival of humans but both species are now extinct.  Giant Aldabra tortoises, from Aldabra Atoll in the nearby Seychelles, were recently introduced to take up some of the ecological roles of the extinct species, including dispersing baobab seeds.

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Yellow-billed Kite.

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Pied crows.

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Nile crocodile.  It was in a pit; you really don’t want to stroke one.  They are native to the west coast of Madagascar as well as much of Africa and have the strongest bite of any animal.

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Madagascan fruit bats, endemic to Madagascar.  Here in numbers but still rated as vulnerable.

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Verraux’s sifakas.

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Red-fronted brown lemur.

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White-footed (?) sportive lemur.

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Verraux’s Sifakas in the Spiny Forest

24th October 2015. Berenty, Madagascar.

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The images in this post are from an early morning walk before breakfast, between 7am and 8am.

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Verraux’s Sifaka is listed as vulnerable due to habitat loss from land clearing.  Its main natural predator is the Fosa, though I presume there are no fosas here.

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They live in groups of many males and females from 8 to 14 members.  Their mating period is January and February, which is the only time they display aggression.  They bear single young.

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Here we see one feeding off leaves of a very spiky stem of a tree in the spiny forest.  The spiny forest covers a large semi-desert area in the south of Madagascar and we are on the edge of it here.

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They are well adapted for drought conditions and can if necessary gain sufficient moisture from succulent leaves and dew.

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This is a characteristic early morning poise, sitting back and soaking in the sun.

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Note the extra eye below.

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Young one leaping from branch to branch.

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A closeup of one of the spiny trees.  Not so easy for a human to climb with bare hands and feet.

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Dancing Sifakas at Berenty

24th October 2015. Berenty, Madagascar.

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Here we see the amazing dancing sifakas of Berenty.  They are Verraux’s Sifakas and well adapted to life in the trees but not so well adapted to walking on the ground so they leap sideways in a graceful balletic dance.

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Berenty has been a privately owned nature reserve since the 1930s, an island of forest and wildlife now surrounded by agricultural land.

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As well as the Sifakas, Berenty also has ring-tailed lemurs.  This one has an obscured young one hanging on underneath.

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Just in case there’s any doubt, there are multiple ring tailed lemurs here, rather than a single individual with many heads and tails.

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The young ones are often the most curious….

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I don’t know what they’re licking up on those branches but there’s something they find tasty there.

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A family in the trees.

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… And thereby hangs a tail.

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Here’s looking at you, kid.

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Port Dauphin to Berenty

24th October 2015. Port Dauphin to Berenty, Madagascar.

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We are driving from Port Dauphin to Berenty.  A taxi brousse in front of us has stopped and some women are offering cooked refreshments to the passengers.

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We approach a bridge, in unusually good condition.

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Under the bridge is a local in a dugout canoe with a load of sand.

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Graves in Madagascar can be elaborate because the ancestors are revered.  They are usually fady or taboo. I don’t know about this one but it could be dangerous to wander into a graveyard near a remote village in the south and take pictures.

These are perhaps less traditional than some I have read about.  Traditionally in the south they made a little house for the dead person that was often made of stone and far more substantial than the houses people lived in.  The dead person’s house was then burnt.

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Across fields to the mountains.  The further inland you go here, the less hospitable the land is for agriculture.

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A father and son, it would appear, walking down the road with their zebu.

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Three youngsters beside the road.

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A taxi-brousse in front of us, perhaps overloaded with people and cargo, has a distinct list to the right.

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Here it has stopped just before a town to let passengers on or off.

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Four men walking beside the road on the outskirts of the small town, two chewing sugarcane.

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We had stopped for a flat tyre and taxi-brousse, which we had passed around half an hour ago in the town, now passes us.

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The spare was either deflated or bald so we couldn’t use it to replace the flat tyre.  There were double wheels on the back so we pulled off one of those, put that on the front and put the spare on the inside at the back.  this took some time.

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While this was happening, some of the charming local women and girls walked past us carrying loads on their heads.

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Nearby there was a small roadside hut, perhaps for selling produce but currently empty.  You can see it in the background at the right of the picture three images back.  A snake fell from the roof in the process of swallowing a gecko.  While we were there it slowly and completely consumed the gecko.

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A glimpse of a village surrounded by cacti, probably a traditional method of fortification.

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A bridge in less than perfect shape, with a local helpfully pointing where we should drive.

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This is a very poor, dry region.

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The road had once been sealed but the seal now was intermittent.  This made it much worse than just a dirt road.  Perhaps in a Range Rover with their excellent suspension you could zoom over it but in our bus it was very slow going.

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Two small boys in front of a village.

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Locals and zebu.

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Big loads of firewood, I presume.

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Taken from a bridge over a rare river near a town.  Many people are here to bathe, water zebu or wash clothes.

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Tana to Port Dauphin

24th October 2015. Antanarivo to Port Dauphin, Madagascar.

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Heading south from Tana to Port Dauphin.   Clouds and mountain tops.

Perhaps click for a larger view because seeing the trees atop that near mountain gives a different perspective on scale.

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Getting closer to Port Dauphin, probably flying at a lower altitude, and now much clearer.

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There is a person, presumably a fisherman, in a canoe in that bay.

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Not everything is farm land or wilderness.

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Andasibe to Tana

23rd October 2015. Andasibe to Antanarivo, Madagascar.

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From Mantadia I’d say we went back to Andasibe and had lunch because there is three and a half hours between the last Indri image in the previous post and the first image in this post.  All these images are then on the road from Andasibe to Tana.

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Hand-made pottery at the roadside…

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… with small children hiding beneath….

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Once again, these are mainly very fleeting images from a moving vehicle.

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I think this is close to the Peyrieras Nature Reerve, where I visited on my first full day.

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Roadside problem….

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These shacks are at the side of the road on the hill past Peyrieras Nature Reserve.  I kept on having difficulty catching them as they flashed past.  Fourth time lucky.

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Open air laundry.

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Brick making in the countryside.

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These next ones are a kind of series.  We had stopped by the roadside at this point.

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They are taking their household compost and dumping it in the rice paddies.

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Meanwhile, on the other side of the road….

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Geckoes and Indri at Mantadia

23rd October 2015. Mantadia, Madagascar.

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We were due to head back to Tana but had enough time for another hour of two in Mantadia.

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A day gecko playing hide-and-seek in the fronds…

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An Indri, distant at first, then coming very close.

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Indri have the most amazing calls, eerie and musical, echoing through the forest.  You really appreciate how loud they can be when you are close.  The calls travel several kilometres.  Do have a listen to this audio recording.

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This particular Indri was rescued as an infant and reared by rangers.  They don’t usually come so close, just a few feet away.

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