Friday, 1 June 2018

Raniala Nature Reserve in South West Madagascar

Raniala is a small nature reserve in the small village of Mangili, 30 minutes drive north of Tulear in South Western Madagascar.
It's full of baobabs, succulents and a wide range of other exotic plants endemic to Madagascar.
The reserve has a small population of rescued ring-tailed lemurs

Its baobabs are spectacular...
We were told that this was the oldest in the reserve - around 1200 years old. The marks in its bark were made by local people wanting steps to the top of the trunk to gather the fruit.
Not a baobab, but a pachypodium
Not all the lemurs in the park are complete - stumpy here is missing most of his long tail, which might be why he's happy to be sitting on the ground.

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