Lemurs and others at Berenty

25th October 2015. Berenty, Madagascar.

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Aldabra tortoise, Berenty, Landscape, Madagascar, Nature, Nile crocodile, Photography, Red fronted lemur, Ringtailed Lemur, Spiny Forest, Sportive Lemur, Travel, Verraux's Sifaka, Wildlife, Yellow-billed Kite

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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Aldabra tortoise, Berenty, Landscape, Madagascar, Nature, Nile crocodile, Photography, Red fronted lemur, Ringtailed Lemur, Spiny Forest, Sportive Lemur, Travel, Verraux's Sifaka, Wildlife, Yellow-billed Kite

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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Aldabra tortoise, Berenty, Landscape, Madagascar, Nature, Nile crocodile, Photography, Red fronted lemur, Ringtailed Lemur, Spiny Forest, Sportive Lemur, Travel, Verraux's Sifaka, Wildlife, Yellow-billed Kite

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

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Aldabra tortoise, Berenty, Landscape, Madagascar, Nature, Nile crocodile, Photography, Red fronted lemur, Ringtailed Lemur, Spiny Forest, Sportive Lemur, Travel, Verraux's Sifaka, Wildlife, Yellow-billed Kite

… And here he is, in more detail.

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Aldabra tortoise, Berenty, Landscape, Madagascar, Nature, Nile crocodile, Photography, Red fronted lemur, Ringtailed Lemur, Spiny Forest, Sportive Lemur, Travel, Verraux's Sifaka, Wildlife, Yellow-billed Kite

Back to the ring tails….

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Aldabra tortoise, Berenty, Landscape, Madagascar, Nature, Nile crocodile, Photography, Red fronted lemur, Ringtailed Lemur, Spiny Forest, Sportive Lemur, Travel, Verraux's Sifaka, Wildlife, Yellow-billed Kite .

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Aldabra tortoise, Berenty, Landscape, Madagascar, Nature, Nile crocodile, Photography, Red fronted lemur, Ringtailed Lemur, Spiny Forest, Sportive Lemur, Travel, Verraux's Sifaka, Wildlife, Yellow-billed Kite

… and their young….

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Aldabra tortoise, Berenty, Landscape, Madagascar, Nature, Nile crocodile, Photography, Red fronted lemur, Ringtailed Lemur, Spiny Forest, Sportive Lemur, Travel, Verraux's Sifaka, Wildlife, Yellow-billed Kite .

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Aldabra tortoise, Berenty, Landscape, Madagascar, Nature, Nile crocodile, Photography, Red fronted lemur, Ringtailed Lemur, Spiny Forest, Sportive Lemur, Travel, Verraux's Sifaka, Wildlife, Yellow-billed Kite .

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Aldabra tortoise, Berenty, Landscape, Madagascar, Nature, Nile crocodile, Photography, Red fronted lemur, Ringtailed Lemur, Spiny Forest, Sportive Lemur, Travel, Verraux's Sifaka, Wildlife, Yellow-billed Kite

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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Aldabra tortoise, Berenty, Landscape, Madagascar, Nature, Nile crocodile, Photography, Red fronted lemur, Ringtailed Lemur, Spiny Forest, Sportive Lemur, Travel, Verraux's Sifaka, Wildlife, Yellow-billed Kite

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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Fosa!

(17th to) 18th October 2015. Kirindy, Madagascar.

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The first three images are at nighttime by torchlight.  They should really have been in the previous post for the previous day but I missed them because the time I had set on one of my cameras was out by seven hours.

You can see how this gecko could be fairly well camouflaged in the leaf litter.  It is Mocquard’s Madagascar Ground Gecko or Paroedura bastardi.  Why bastardi I have no idea.

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A large spider on the trunk of a tree, no doubt well camouflaged in many situations.

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Probably a Vanga.

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Back in the morning of the correct day, this is a red-fronted lemur.  This is how you grasp the trunk of a tree with your foot.

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We came to Kirindy, with its very primitive accommodation, for a chance of seeing a Fosa (formerly, fossa).  The fosa is Madagascar’s top carnivore.

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It is about 1.7 metres in length, including the long tail.  It mainly preys on lemurs, which comprise 50% of its diet.

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Originally thought a cat or a civet or a mongoose, DNA has established it has an ancient ancestry with no close relatives.  It has no problem climbing trees.  It is widespread but rare in all locations and is thus vulnerable, especially to habitat destruction.

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We walked around in the forest in the morning, hoping to see one, only to find it visiting the camp when we returned for lunch.  The camp attendants were feeding it.  Ah well, not truly a wild sighting but at least we did see one.

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A bright magenta dragonfly.

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Red-fronted brown lemur.

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Drongo, Fossa, Gecko, Iguana, Kirindy, Landscape, Lemurs, Madagascar, Morondava, Nature, Photography, Red fronted lemur, Travel, Wildlife .

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Drongo, Fossa, Gecko, Iguana, Kirindy, Landscape, Lemurs, Madagascar, Morondava, Nature, Photography, Red fronted lemur, Travel, Wildlife .

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Iguana – Opluris cuvieri.

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