Crowned Lemur, Madagascar

Madagascar

More than 160 million years ago, Madagascar separated from the east coast of Africa to become the world’s fourth-largest island. Over the subsequent millennia, its isolation gave rise to a striking biodiversity—one unrivaled by any landmass of comparable size. Not only diverse, the flora and fauna of Madagascar are, in large part, unique to the island; 90 percent of all forest flora is endemic and includes over 10,000 plant species. More than half of the 250-plus bird species is found nowhere else, and Madagascar is also home to more than half of the world’s chameleon species. Even with this varied and matchless wildlife, one animal holds pride of place—the engaging lemur. These arboreal acrobats, oldest of all surviving primates, are a special highlight on any journey to Madagascar. It’s no wonder that French botanist, Philibert Commerson, christened this island as “the naturalists’ promised land.”

Upcoming Madagascar Expeditions

  • Ring-Tailed Lemurs, Lemur Island

    Madagascar

    October 14October 31, 2017

    Nature enthusiasts hold Madagascar in high esteem for its botanicals, birds, and famous lemurs. Come for the striking biodiversity; stay for the 1,000 varieties of orchid, pygmy stump-tailed chameleons, and lovely Malagasy people.

  • Madagascar

    Madagascar

    November 4November 21, 2017

    Nature enthusiasts hold Madagascar in high esteem for its botanicals, birds, and famous lemurs. Come for the striking biodiversity; stay for the 1,000 varieties of orchid, pygmy stump-tailed chameleons, and lovely Malagasy people.

  • Crowned Lemur, Diego Suarez, Madagascar

    Seychelles & Madagascar with Aldabra Atoll

    October 20November 6, 2018

    Zegrahm Cofounder and Expedition Leader, Mike Messick, will be leading this journey through the Indian Ocean. Enjoy snorkeling and diving in the Seychelles; spend two full days exploring the Aldabra Atoll; and discover the unique flora and fauna of Madagascar.

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Interesting Perspectives from Our Explorations in Madagascar

  • Fairy Terns, Seychelles
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    A Birder's Vocabulary

    March 16, 2016 | Blog Post

    Brent Stephenson is an ornithologist who spent years studying the breeding biology of Australasian gannets in New Zealand.

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    Ring-Tailed Lemurs, Lemur Island
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    Madagascar - the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean

    June 9, 2015 | Blog Post

    The Galápagos Islands are known for their endemism—wildlife found no place else on earth has made these stunning islands their home for over hundreds of years. And, if you have already explored these gems of the Pacific, why not consider an equally enchanting destination—Madagascar, the Galápagos of the Indian Ocean.

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    Chameleon
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    The Lizards of Madagascar

    October 30, 2012 | Blog Post

    Certainly I enjoyed seeing the lemurs and the beautiful birds....but what captivated me were the amazingly colorful chameleons. Before I visited Madagascar, chameleons, iguanas, and lizards were all in the same grouping..."yucky!" But I became enthralled with the Madagascar's endemic chameleons...they are really beautiful.

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  • Oustalet's Chameleon, Anjajavy
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    On Location: Nosy Mangabe

    February 27, 2012 | Blog Post

    The northeast of Madagascar, with its lush cover of rainforest, receives 20 feet of rain a year and is by far the wettest part of the country. This morning, we went ashore on a small island called Nosy Mangabe, where over the course of our landing, we witnessed a good quarter of a foot of water drop from the sky.

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    Green-backed mantella
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    On Location: Witnessing Madagascar’s Remarkable Natural Diversity

    October 30, 2008 | Blog Post

    From the capital, Antananarivo, our expedition began in earnest with a domestic flight to the remote town of Maroansetra, gateway to Madagascar’s most extensive wilderness of the Masoala Peninsula.

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    Crowned lemur
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    The Amazing Wildlife of Madagascar

    June 19, 2005 | Blog Post

    OK, I admit it, I'm a sucker for islands and tropical rainforests and primates. Put all these together and I'm like a kid in a candy store. Truth is, there aren't too many places that combine these three things. Spin a globe, and the scarcity of rainforest-covered islands becomes all too apparent. Now think about which ones have primates. Madagascar is one such place.

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More Options for Exploration

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