MASOALA NATIONAL PARK & NOSY MANGABE ISLAND
SAVA & ANALANJIROFO (part) (Maroantsetra & Antalavia), (E)
15o30´S/50o08´E 240,520ha & 10,000ha marine Park 500m, rainforest
August to December ()
Birding Site Guide
Masoala National Park is located in the NE. It is reached from Maroantsetra or Antalavia where excursion to Nosy Mangabe Island not far S offshore can be taken. There are several lodges and 6 campsites to stay at in Masoala.
Masoala has the largest block of remaining superb eastern rainforest habitat due to high rainfall and has a rugged coastline. This is the largest protected area in Madagascar and this remarkable reserve holds 50% of all Madagascar’s vertebrates and the same proportion of its plant species. In total 102 species of birds have been recorded such as Scaly and Short-legged Ground-rollers, Helmet and Bernier's Vangas, Red-breasted Coua, Scaly Ground-roller and the littoral forest holds a Brown Mesite. Besides this there is snorkelling on the reefs. There is also a chance of seeing Madagascar Serpent Eagle and Madagascar Red Owl.
An excellent report and tour operator to try is Rockjumper Tours
Mammals include the weird and rare Aye-Aye Daubentonia madagascariensis on Nosy Mangabe Island, the Red-ruffed Lemur Varecia rubra and Eastern Fork-marked Lemur Phaner furcifer. The very rare Brown-tailed Mongoose Salanoia concolor has its last stronghold here. Between July to early September, hundreds of Humpback Whales Megaptera novaeangliae visit the Helodrano Antongil Bay (the bay of Maroantsetra), there are also Dugong Dugong dugon.
Herptiles: Gold Dust Gecko Phelsuma laticauda and are found here as are Hawksbill TurtleEretmochelys imbricate and chameleons and the Madagascan Tomato Frog Dyscophus antongilii.
There are 41 species of coral here.
Of the 600 recorded plants 99 species are seaweed and 7 species are mangroves.
For lists of all the endemics look here. MADAGASCAR LIVING NATIONAL TREASURES