Province: Toliary (Tuléar)
Protected area status: National park
General location: Western
Location and Access: About an hour from Morondava
Climate: Western deciduous forest
Average temperature: 14-33°C*
Description: Kirindy is a place of extreme seasonal changes. A short, hot rainy season between December and February (where temperatures may top 40 C) is followed by nine months with little rain and cool temperatures. During this dry season, Kirindy's forest is brown, many trees are virtually leafless, and much of Kirindy's wildlife is in hibernation . Every rainy season, Kirindy explodes in verdant green vegetation and its many species of reptiles and amphibians become active.
Dominant ethnic group(s): Sakalava
Additional notes: The private reserve of Kirindy is near this park
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