Analamerana (Analamera) Special Reserve – the last habitat of the Perrier’s sifaka
Analamerana (Analamera) Special Reserve is a hardly known and partly unexplored Special Reserve located about 75 km from Diego Suarez in northeastern Madagascar. Created in 1956, the Reserve stretches from the east coast until the Analamerana karstic plateau and comprises a surface of 347 km². The reserve is mainly covered by dense deciduous dry forest mixed with rocky formations up to 700 m in the western part.
This place is the last habitat of one of the most endangered primate species, the totally black-coloured Perrier’s sifaka. Other endangered mammals living in the reserve are the crowned and Sanford’s lemurs or the Northern ring-tailed mongoose. We can spot as well some very rare birds such as the Van Dam´s Vanga or the Madagascar pond heron and many reptiles and amphibians.
Due to its privileged position between the East coast, the central plateau and the north-western area a huge diversity of plants belonging to the three regions grow inside the Reserve. Three species of baobabs (Adansonia madagascariens, Adansonia perrieri, and Adansonia suarezensis), several palm trees and wild coffee plants grow in Analamerana.
The easiest way to reach Analamerana Reserve is by car from Diego Suarez (a jeep is the best option). There are a couple of basic accommodations next to the reserve.
The temperature is warm all year around. Apart from the Reserve itself, you can enjoy a traditional festivity which takes place in July called "Kabiry", where thousands of people gather to play traditional music and dance, or visit the spectacular Red Tsingy not far from here.
Watch more photos about Analamerana (Analamera) Special Reserve here.
Click here to learn about Trigger species of birds for this area.