2 days spent on the 15th and 16th of September in Ankarafantsika on the way from Mahajanga to Ambanja
15.09.2011 - 16.09.2011
After 2 hours from Taxi-Brousse south of Mahajanga, i stopped on Thu morning into the Ankarafantsika National Park.
This is the tallest species of Baobab in Mada. There are a few specimens in the Park, but no tree of less than 2 to 3 hundreds years. These in the pictures are about 700years. Scientists are investigating why no young trees can be found. It could be that their reproduction depended on an animal which is now extinct. These good therefore be the last trees of this kind but they will live for another few hundreds years.
These big kapok beans contain a cotton-like inside which is used to do pillows over here
these things are actually moving. They look like flowers but they are a kind of insect, called "cicadelle". One of the weirdest thing i ve seen here !
Typical features (only for the male): long tail and blue circle around the eyes.
This fellow stayed still for a while pretending no one had seen him. Notice he kept himself in a quite unstable position with one leg up in the air.
Coquerel Sifakas are very territorial, this picture was shot on the boundary of 2 territories where 2 groups spent 1h staring, intimidating each other. The group of this guy finally won the battle and claim a new couple of trees.