Madagascar Animals Photo Gallery
Visiting Madagascar had been a dream of ours for a very long time. We imagined lush rainforests teeming with wildlife. We imagined colorful birds, playful ring-tailed lemurs, chameleons ambling across tree branches and other Madagascar animals as far as the eye could see.
When we finally traveled to Madagascar last summer, we found the place amazing and terrible at the same time. Decades of uncontrolled logging led to a loss of nearly 50% of Madagascar’s rainforest between 1950 and 2000. With deforestation came a decrease in biodiversity, with several lemur and other Madagascar animal species (many unique to the country) now endangered or extinct.
Luckily, the Malagasy government created a great network of national parks, where poaching and illegal logging are strictly controlled and tourists are only allowed to visit with a guide. The Madagascar I saw in national parks was the one of my dreams, with lush nature and plenty of wildlife to see.
Viewing the wildlife of Madagascar is a completely different experience from safaris in the African savannah. You don’t travel on a vehicle, you walk, led by a skilled guide and pisteurs, a network of animal-spotters that tell the guides where animals are likely to be seen.
Madagascar animals are small, and therefore harder to spot. Lemurs are not much larger than a monkey, and some chameleons are no more than a couple of inches long. So spotting them in the wilderness is not at all easy.
Still, wildlife-viewing in Madagascar is a wonderful experience. You’ll see animals that cannot be seen anywhere else, as the island is home to more than 800 endemic species, from lemurs and the cat-like fossa (the baddie in the Madagascar movie) to dozens of chameleons and colorful birds.