Madagascar is well known for its biodiversity. When you choose one of our Madagascar wildlife holidays, you get to experience some of the 200,000 known species on the island, of which about 150,000 are endemic. It harbours all of the world’s wild lemur population, half of its chameleon varieties and 6% of its frogs. We know the best local guides who will share their passion for and knowledge of the weird and wonderful wildlife that resides here. Below, we have compiled a collection of photographs of 10 incredible animals you should strive to tick off your checklist:
At 6-9.5kg, an indri is the largest of the lemur species. Like all lemurs, it is endemic to Madagascar. Indris can only survive in protected areas away from human disturbances, such as logging and agriculture, so their presence is restricted to the montane and coastal rainforests of the east, namely the Anjanaharibe-Sud Reserve. They rely on trees to get from place to place and can leap up to 10m between branches. They communicate using long calls, which are audible up to 2km away. This haunting, whale-like ‘song’ can last for several minutes and is ‘sung’ in a group chorus. Sadly, this diurnal herbivore is critically endangered on the IUCN Red List, threatened by habitat loss and hunting.