Kenya Madagascar Expedition 2011

 

 

Today went to the Ranomafana National Park of Madagascar to see lemurs and other wild animals that might live there.  The park was established in 1991.  The Park  has 12 different species of primates--seven are diurnal and five active are nocturnal, six different species of chameleons, one hundred and fifteen species of birds,  19 different species of snakes, and 350 different species of spiders, 250mspecies of bamboo, and 24 species of ficus trees.  

While we were there we saw a nest in a tree.  We were trying to figure out what the nests were but were unable to establish the bird that made that nest.  Our tour guide Adrienne told us it was an ant’s nest.  I know I thought it was weird to, but ants makes nest in the trees so they me safer than on the ground.

We saw three different species of lemurs, the eastern lesser bamboo lemur (Hapalemur griesus) which is the smallest lemur in the world.  It has one baby per year, and its life span can be up to twenty-five to thirty years old.  They weigh up to one kilo or five-hundred grams.  They live off of fruits, bamboo, insects, and flowers.  They drink water.  This lemur is very small and brown, it can be different colors depends on where you go.  They move every fast to protect themselves.  Since they are so small they don’t really have anything to protect themselves.

We returned to the park at night to see the other lemurs and animals that are nocturnal.  We saw the mouse lemur.  They are very small and look just likes a mouse but it’s not.  It moved very fast so it kind of hard to photograph.  We also saw chameleons.  During the day they are very hard to see but at night they un-camouflage.

All in all had a great and learn a lot from our tour guide he is smart and very knowledgeable about the national park… I would love to return to the Ranomafana National Park again and learn even more.