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ISALO NATIONAL PARK
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Isalo

Province: Toliary (Tuléar)

Area: 81,540

Protected area status: National park

Year established:

General location: 22°22 and 22°40 southern latitude / 45°11 and 45°23 longitude

Location and Access: 683 km southwest of Antananarivo, 279 km southwest Fianarantsoa, 243 km northeast of Toliara.

Climate: Dry tropical forest and savanna

Average temperature: 17-25°C

Elevation: 820 to 1240 m

Precipitation: 85 cm

Description: Isalo's landscape consists of eroded ruiniform sandstone formations dating to the Jurassic period, deep canyons with riparian forests, palm-lined oases, fire-resistant tapia forests, and open grasslands.

FAUNA
Birds: 82
Reptiles: 33
Frogs: 15
Mammals: 14

Lemur species 14:

FLORA:
Isalo is known for its pachypodes (Pachypodium ), aloe and euphorbiums.

The following vegetation zones are found in the park:
  • Riparian forest found along rivers in the canyons of Isalo
  • Scattered sclerophyle forest made up of fire-resistant Tapia (Uapaca bojeri) and Heza (Astropeia micraster)
  • Rupicolous vegetation found on rocky surfaces and consisting of Pachypodiums (Pachypodium geayi, Pachypodium willlamarai, Pachypodium rosulatum, Pachypodium horombese, and Pachypodium densiflorum); Aloes (Aloe acutissima, Aloe isalensis and Aloe detoideodonta); and a species of Kalanchoes
  • Dry forest on alluvial deposits.
    Families: 99
    Species: 340

    Dominant ethnic group(s): Bara

    Official web page

    Additional notes: 238 of the plant species in Isalo are endemic

    Journal:
    Part I
    Part II

    Video:
    Video from Isalo

    MAP/Satellite Picture



    PHOTOS


    Isalo sunset



    Verreaux's sifaka in Isalo



    Rice paddies near Canyon des Makis and Canyon des Rats



    Oustalet's chameleon walking across sand near Isalo



    Mascarene Ridged Frog (Ptychadena mascareniensis)



    Bismarck Palm (Bismarckia nobilis) at sunset



    Ranohira King's pool



    Furcifer oustaleti chameleon (light brown)



    Furcifer oustaleti chameleon (juvenile-bright green)



    Green-blue swallow-tail butterfly



    Raspberry dragonfly



    Rice paddies near Canyon des Makis and Canyon des Rats



    Ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) standing on its hind legs



    Family of ring-tail lemurs (including babies)



    Flatid leaf bugs (Phromnia rosea)



    Oustalet's chameleon walking across sand near Isalo



    Boophis goudoti frog in Isalo (Isalo)



    Adult Flatid leaf bugs (Phromnia rosea)



    Blue dragonfly



    Canyon des singes



    Ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta)



    Madagascar giant chameleon (Furcifer oustaleti)



    Isalo sunset



    Oustalet's chameleon in a Plumeria tree



    Verreaux's sifaka in Isalo



    Rosy Periwinkle



    Fire-resistant Bismarck Palms (Bismarckia nobilis) near Isalo



    Canyon des Singes in Isalo NP (Isalo)



    Canyon des Singes in Isalo NP (Isalo)



    Ranohira Falls (Isalo)



    Piscine Naturelle pool (Isalo)



    Bright green Furcifer oustaleti chameleon (Isalo)



    Raspberry dragonfly



    Oustalet's chameleon walking across sand near Isalo



    Isalo National Park landscape (Isalo)



    Canyon des Singes in Isalo NP (Isalo)



    Canyon des Singes in Isalo NP (Isalo)



    Madagascar Wagtail (Motacilla flaviventris)



    Canyon des rats in Isalo NP (Isalo)



    Isalo (Isalo)



    Aerial view of deforestation and erosion in southern Madagascar (Isalo)



    Isalo National Park at sunrise (Isalo)



    Approaching storm at sunset in Isalo (Isalo)



    Malagasy grasslands (Isalo)



    Dung beetles (Isalo)



    Ranohira Falls (Isalo)



    Walking stick insect



    Isalo (Isalo)



    Elephant's foot plant (Isalo)



    Piscine Naturelle (Isalo)



    Furcifer oustaleti chameleon (juvenile-bright green)



    Isalo sunrise (Isalo)



    Mother ring-tailed lemur with young in Isalo National Park (Isalo)



    Isalo stream with palms and sandy substrate (Isalo)



    King's pool in Canyon des Makis



    Isalo National Park landscape (Isalo)



    Straw-like grasshopper



    Phromnia rosea (fuschia colored insects) (Isalo)



    Approaching storm at sunset in Isalo (Isalo)



    Queen of Isalo, a rock formation like profile of a sitting queen



    Isalo National Park at sunrise (Isalo)



    Surf off southern Madagascar (Ft. Dauphin)



    Canyon des Singes in Isalo NP (Isalo)



    Gray Boophis goudoti frog in Isalo (Isalo)



    Canyon des Singes in Isalo NP (Isalo)



    Rosy Periwinkle



    Furcifer oustaleti chameleon (juvenile-bright green)



    Canyon des rats in Isalo NP (Isalo)



    Isalo sunrise (Isalo)



    Furcifer oustaleti chameleon (juvenile-bright green)



    Bismarck Palm (Bismarckia nobilis) at sunset



    Isalo sunset



    Bara father and daughter near Isalo (Isalo)



    Isalo oasis (Isalo)



    Isalo National Park landscape (Isalo)



    Canyon des Singes in Isalo NP (Isalo)



    Sunset in Isalo National Park (Isalo)



    Canyon des Singes in Isalo NP (Isalo)



    Isalo (Isalo)



    Sunrise over Isalo National Park (Isalo)



    Green caterpillar



    Fire-resistant Bismarck Palms (Bismarckia nobilis) near Isalo



    Canyon des Singes in Isalo NP (Isalo)



    Distant rain at sunset in Isalo National Park (Isalo)



    Mother ring-tailed lemur with baby in Isalo N.P. (Isalo)



    Frog



    Bright green Furcifer oustaleti chameleon near Isalo (Isalo)



    Canyon des Singes in Isalo NP (Isalo)



    Aerial view of Ranohira village near Isalo (Isalo)



    Canyon des Singes in Isalo NP (Isalo)



    Beaches of southern Madagascar (Ft. Dauphin)



    Rock formation in Isalo (Isalo)



    Isalo massif: Canyon des Makis and Canyon des Rats



    Canyon des rats in Isalo NP (Isalo)



    Savanna near Isalo (Isalo)



    Isalo Massif at sunset


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