Dance of the Sifaka

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Propithecus diadema

The meet up was by the entrance of Perinet. Fidi had arranged some French dude who lived for 20 years in Madagascar. He was now retired and could only speak French. So, while Fidi was dealing with the entrance passes for Mantadia I practiced a little bit in French, conversating with this funny little man. He behaved a little bit like he was owning the whole area and village of Andasibe, but that was funny.

Mantadia Park is a stand alone park, approximately 10 times bigger in surface than Perinet. However, if you want to reach it, you have to drive some 20 km using a dirty and bumpy road. Although our driver was very secure, I almost banged with my head to the ceiling of the car.

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This car, by the way, was a old pick up, lacking working dashboard signs like tours, gasoil etc. After 45 minutes we reached the entrance and our hike would start in the back of the park, much more to the north. So, again 30 minutes in a rollercoaster.

Complete shaked we arrived at ou starting point. Sabine went to the 'toilet', a hole in the ground. And off we go. One of the few 'real' primary rainforest on this planet. The trees were big, the hills steep, the experience outrageous. But nothing to see, except for some birds, who did not wanted to be photographed. Fidi almost give up hope. But finally, after some 2 1/2 hours; diademed sifaka's. The same species as yesterday, but much lower to the ground. We approached them as close as we could, it was amazing.

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Some 15 feet or so, magnifique. One even decided to made a little walk, twice. We saw the dance of the sifaka. How funny and weird! And no other tourists to see. The three of us and the lemurs alone in this world. Time freezes.

After a while, the pack of some 6 animals disappeared in the more dense green and we went on. Not much later we met other tourist and their guide. This fellow had heard the ruffed lemur. So, on the queest. And after a while we saw them. From a far distance and high up in the canopy. But what a view. The severe endangered species Varecia variegata. So f"cking cool!!! After a little stroll we got a little closer, but it was enough. After the circuit we went to the car. We scared 2 snakes and because there was some time, a visit was made by the Chut Sacre. I wanted to swim, but that was not practical. Taking some pics and than it was over. Not noticing the bumping on the retour, we were filled with pleasure. The rest of the day we took a break.

SheLuvz2Fly says:
Nice shots!
Posted on: Jul 24, 2010
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Propithecus diadema
Propithecus diadema
Propithecus diadema
Propithecus diadema
Propithecus diadema
Propithecus diadema
Propithecus diadema
Propithecus diadema
Propithecus diadema
Propithecus diadema
Propithecus diadema
Propithecus diadema
Varecia variegata
Varecia variegata
Merops superciliosus
Merops superciliosus
Varecia variegata
Varecia variegata
Varecia variegata
Varecia variegata
Varecia variegata
Varecia variegata
Varecia variegata
Varecia variegata
Gasteracantha spp.
Gasteracantha spp.
Propithecus diadema
Propithecus diadema
Propithecus diadema
Propithecus diadema
Mantadia National Park
photo by: Torwart