Biodiversity in the smallest space
In the east of the country, about 40 km northeast of the port city of Tamatave, lies the small integral reserve Betampona. It covers just 2.3km², but can boast an incredible biodiversity, which since recently visitors can also admire. In the small area are proud 95 bird species native. Also live 11 lemur species and 10 other endemic mammal species in Betampona. The rare Vari is one of the lemur species native to Betampona. Unfortunately, the current population amounts to only about 35 animals, so that a renowned conservation project is trying to settle more specimens of this species in Betampona, in order to enrich the gene pool of the native group and to ensure the survival of the species. Even plant species that are acutely threatened with extinction only unfold their flowering splendor here. More than 250 plant species are found in the small area on the east coast.