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Lemur Town (Berenty Lemur Reserve)

Listed under Wildlife in Madagascar.

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80% of Madagascar’s plants and animals are unique to the island making it a tropical paradise of unusual creatures and experiences. Among the most unique looking of Madagascar’s inhabitants are the lemurs, with their huge eyes and expressive faces, and chameleons, with their amazing camouflage techniques.

Berenty Reserve is the world's largest lemur reserve and study facility, and home to six different types of lemur. Berenty has been open for 70 years, and the lemurs, though wild, have grown used to humans and will dance around and demand bananas from visitors (especially the ring-tailed lemurs, who are the most out going and saunter around the park with their stripy tails in the air.).

Two of the Berenty lemur species are nocturnal and there is a camp on the site where you can stay and go for evening lemur spotting walks. The reserve is also home to several kinds of snakes (though not deadly), flying foxes, and magical chameleons.

Madagascar is a fantastic place for budding botanists to visit with its unusual Dragon’s Blood trees, spiny forests and baobabs. The best weather conditions for visiting Madagascar are between May and October (but Berenty’s lemur cubs are usually born between September and October.).

Written by  Jodie Kimbah.

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