Madagascar

Babakoto

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area

Analamazaotra National Park

The Analamazaotra National Park is one of the most visited sites by national and international tourists in Madagascar. Because of its easy geographical access from the capital, it also plays a major role in environmental awareness by being the attraction of children, young people and Malagasy and international students for green classes and nature visits. The Park is presented in forest corridor habitat of “sifaka” and “babakoto”. Rich in floristic species with more than 1200 species of plants, with a rate of endemism of 77%, Analamazaotra abounds in 120 species of orchids, all endemic. This site is also among the 15 pilot sites candidates to the green list of the IUCN for Madagascar.

species

Babakoto

This very distinctive lemur is endemic to the island of Madagascar and is listed as critically endangered (CR) in the IUCN red list. Babakoto has the title of the largest living lemur, so by this value it attracts many tourists. It is diurnal and arboreal. The Indri is an extremely vocal lemur that inhabits the tropical rainforests of the plains and mountains. The species is monogamous and females give birth every two to three years. Reproduction is highly seasonal. The diet consists mainly of immature leaves supplemented by flowers, fruits, seeds and bark, the proportion of which varies with the season. They occasionally descend to the ground to eat soil, perhaps to detoxify seeds that have also been eaten.
Thanks to this mode of feeding, it contributes strongly to the regeneration of the forest. Hence the interest of its conservation.
Population size is declining due to habitat destruction and hunting.
The Analamazaotra National Park is specifically intended for ecotourism mainly because of the easy access for the observation of the Babakoto (Indri indri). For that, the means of conservation of this species is the promotion of the ecotourism of the park. Ecotourism is one of the activities that generates a source of income quickly (guide, cook, porter, assistant, etc. …) for the local community around Analamazaotra Park. This activity has allowed a change in the behavior of Indri indri hunters in protection of the species since its presence has become an economic lever for the local community. In addition to ecotourism, the park also conducts regular ecological monitoring of the Babakoto population and its food plants.

Further protected areas

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Hawksbill Turtle

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Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur

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Babakoto

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Milne-Edwards’s Sifaka

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Forest Rock-thrush

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Mossy Leaf-tailed Gecko

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Madagascar Fish-eagle

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Nosy Be Sportive Lemur