Area: 2,228 hectares
Protected area status: Integrated Nature Reserve
Year established: It was made a strict nature reserve in 1926
General location: Eastern, location and access is 40km northwest of Tamatave
Location and Access:
Lemur species: Hapalemur g. griseus, Indri indri, Propithecus d. diadema, Eulemur fulvus albifrons, Microcebus rufus, Cheirogaleus major, Phaner f. furcifer, Avahi laniger, Daubentonia madagascariensis, Varecia v. variegata, Lepilemur mustelinus
Dominant ethnic group(s): Betsimisaraka
Official web page: brownlemur.com
Additional notes: Betampona
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