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Madagascar

Lemurs are nocturnal, insectivorous primates with small bodies, long noses and large eyes. Eighty-eight species of lemurs exist today, all of which are native to Madagascar - ONLY in Madagascar. This is a list of places where you can see and experience Lemurs in their natural environment.

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Ranomafana National Park

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Fianarantsoa, Madagascar • Wishlist • 

Ranomafana is extremely popular in Madagascar. The park is home to at least 20 different species of lemur, most commonly found in this park is the black-and-white ruffed lemurs.

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Perinet

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Antananarivo, Madagascar • Wishlist • 

The black and white indri is one of the first lemurs that people became familiar with. The indri is the largest living lemur, standing over a metre tall enabling it to leap up to 10m between branches. The best places to see them is Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, also known as Perinet in Madagascar.

  • Perinet, Madagascar

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Berenty

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Toliara, Madagascar • Wishlist • 

Sifaka are species of lemur with similar characteristics – most notably their way of moving by standing upright and skipping sideways with their arms in the air. This has earned them the nickname “dancing sifaka.” Sifakas tend to live in groups - when not foraging for fruits and flowers they can be seen lounging on tree branches. You can experience a close encounter with them in Berenty Reserve.

  • Berenty, Madagascar

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Isalo National Park

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Toliara, Madagascar • Wishlist • 

If lemurs are the symbol of Madagascar, the ring-tailed lemur is the most symbolic of all. These sociable creatures are certainly one of the most easily recognisable lemurs. These lemurs can be seen sitting cross legged in the sunshine, like little furry yogis. One of the best places to see ring-tailed lemurs is Isalo National Park.

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Kirindy Forest Rest Camp

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Antsirabe, Madagascar • Wishlist • 

Madame Berthe's mouse lemur measures 9cm, making it not just the smallest lemur, but the smallest primate in the world. The Madam Berthe’s mouse lemur can only be found in Kirindy Forest in western Madagascar.

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Aye-aye Island

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Toamasina, Madagascar • Wishlist • 

Aye-aye lemur is the world’s largest nocturnal primate. Local population of this island incorporated these lemurs into their system of cultural taboos, known as fady. These taboos say that the aye-aye lemur is an evil spirit that can kill people by using their long fingers to point at them. Sadly, this has resulted in many aye-ayes being killed on sight, and they are classified as endangered. 😭 These endangered creatures can be seen at night on Nosy Mangabe – also known as Aye-Aye Island.

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Loky-Manambato

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Mahajanga, Madagascar • Wishlist • 

The main reason to visit the small village of Daraina is to pay a visit to Loky-Manambato, a protected area that is home to the golden-crowned sifaka - one of the rarest of all the lemurs and is among the 25 most threatened primates in the world.

  • Daraina, Madagascar

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Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

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Antananarivo, Madagascar • Wishlist • 

This is one of Madagascar’s most popular parks. Andasibe protects the largest of the lemurs, the indri and these are the best place on Madagascar for a guaranteed sighting.

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Anja Community Reserve

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Fianarantsoa, Madagascar • Wishlist • 

This is a community-run reserve which offers magnificent views and is home to the cheeky ring-tailed lemurs. The local community in this reserve views lemurs as sacred, so they have never been hunted, which brings out the confident and playful side to these ring-tails that live in this well-maintained park.

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Ankarafantsika

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Mahajanga, Madagascar • Wishlist • 

Ankarafantsika is an easily accessible national park home to an abundance of wildlife. There are eight species of lemur here: Coquerel’s sifakas, mongoose lemurs, Western woolly lemurs, common brown lemurs and sportive lemurs. Ankarafantsika is also the only place in Madagascar where you may encounter the rare golden-brown mouse lemur.

  • Ankarafantsika, Madagascar

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