A Conspiracy of Lemurs

27th October 2015. Berenty, Madagascar.

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On our last morning at Berenty, this is also my last wildlife post from Madagascar.

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Yellow-billed Kite.

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Ring-tailed lemurs.

Elephant birds would likely have roamed this region in previous centuries.  They were three metres high and weighed half a tonne and survived until at least the seventeenth century.  Much of the year they lived in the mountains but came down to the sand of the south coast to lay their eggs.

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Natural cactus garden.  Actual colours.

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They look like funghi but they’re flatid leaf bugs.  Click on the image to see them closer.

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Chameleon.  Species unidentified.

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A conspiracy of lemurs.

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Octopus trees.

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Octopus trees and scrub.

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Sportive lemur.

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Baobab, probably Adansonia za.

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A clump of Alluaudia Procera or Madagascar Ocotillo, also known as Octopus Tree, showing the habitat and especially for Jeni (Skyscapes for the Soul), following a comment in an earlier post.

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A clump of the cacti common in the area.

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Where once was spiny forest, lemurs and other wildlife, now is sisal plantations and no wildlife.  I wonder whether this is also a plantation crop grown by a foreign company with little or no benefit to the local population.

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Spiny Forest Dreaming

27th October 2015. Berenty, Madagascar.

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With my time in Berenty drawing to a close, I dreamt in the ethereal spiny forest.

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Ring-tailed lemurs eating or drawing moisture from cacti.

It’s a photograph of course and therefore completely realistic in all respects.

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Ringtails in front of the cacti.

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This is what it may look like to a chameleon….

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… such as this one.

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(All IR).

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Dream Lemurs

26th October 2015. Berenty, Madagascar.

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Some images of lemurs in their dream worlds.

A Verraux’s sifaka looking up.

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Ringtailed lemur on the ground.

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Verraux’s sifaka looking down.

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Ringtailed lemur.

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Ringtailed lemur hanging out.

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Verraux’s sifakas more deeply in their dream world.

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Very young Verraux’s sifaka.

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Ringtails.

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And a last Verraux’s sifaka looking down on us.

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(All IR)

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Sakalava Weavers and Dancing Sifakas at Berenty

26th October 2015. Berenty, Madagascar.

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Sakalava weavers and their hanging nests (there is only one bird visible but there are others inside the nests).

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White man’s burden?  Ringtailed lemur sitting on wooden sculpture.

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Plants from the desert garden near the cabins.

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… and also, a chameleon….

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More dancing sifakas, this one coming straight towards me.

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… and finally, one on a roof.

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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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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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