Mananara North National Park: A rich flora and fauna
The Mananara North Protected Area offers shelter to a remarkable diversity of fauna and flora. The humid forests are home to a particularly large number of small mammals: 17 Rodents- and 13 lemur species live in this national park on the east coast. Aye-aye lemurs, eastern woolly lemurs, brown mouse lemurs and even the largest of all lemurs, the indri-indris, are native here. The indris of the north are especially special. In contrast to their congeners from the south, their fur is almost black and thus much darker than that of the southern Indri-Indri populations. Also 77 bird species like the Red-tailed Vanga, the Helmeted Vanga and the Madagascar Kestrel live in Mananara. 21 Reptiles- and Amphibian species are also native to the protected area. Particularly impressive, however, is the lush plant life: naturalists here have already identified more than 1200 different plant species recorded. Palm trees (47 species) and magnificent tropical flowers, including some locally endemic orchids grow in these magnificent forests. The marine reserve includes coral reefs with 132 different coral species. Some are unfortunately in a pretty bad condition. Divers can find over 180 species of fish and more than 100 mollusks and echinoderms. Between July and September, when the Humpback whales come to calve in these balmy waters, many coastal resorts offer tours where you can Humpback whales in Madagascar can observe. If you are lucky, you may see a dugong, a fork-tailed manatee.