|Rooftop of Centre Valbio|
Dauphin, our friendly local guide, walked with us to the entrance of the park where our "lemur spotter" was waiting. The high volume of tourist traffic in the park means that large groups often scare off the animals, so lemur spotters are sent ahead to find them before we get there.
|Male Red-bellied lemur|
|Golden bamboo lemur|
|Female chewing on a fruit|
|The luck stones|
The Greater bamboo lemur (Prolemur simus) is one of the rarest primates in the world, with only about 500 remaining throughout Madagascar. In Ranomafana, there are only two, a father-daughter pair that represent the remainder of the sub-population. The guides watch them almost constantly, and as a result they have become so used to people that one of the two came within three feet of us: extremely unusual behavior for a lemur. We watched as they chowed down on (also cyanide-containing) bamboo stalks as large as their heads, and made cute, chirping vocalizations at each other.
|Me and the lemurs|
I think that's long enough for now! I'll do a part two with some of the creatures we've seen on other hikes. Mozotoa (Enjoy)!