Ranomafana

Ranomafana is one of Madagascar's best known and most important parks. Created in 1991 following the 1986 discovery of the golden bamboo lemur, Ranomafana has served as a model for subsequent parks and reserves in the country and abroad.

Near the entrance of Ranomafana is Centre Valbio, a facility run by Dr. Patricia Wright that is now Madagascar's leading field research center. An interview with Dr. Wright is available at An interview with lemur expert Dr. Patricia Wright.

Ranomafana features a range of accomodations from basic to relatively deluxe. Internet access is usually available.

Province: Fianarantsoa

Area: 43,549

Protected area status: National park

Year established: 1991

General location: Eastern Madagascar

Location and Access: 60 km north of Fianarantsoa, 400 km south of Antananarivo

Climate: Montane rainforest

Average temperature: 14-20°C

Elevation: 400-1417 m

Precipitation: 230-400 cm

Description:

FAUNA
Birds: 115
Reptiles: 62
   Lizards: 10
   Chameleons: 12
   Snakes: 14
Frogs: 98
Butterflies: 90
Mammals: 43
   Lemurs: 12
   Rodents: 6
   Insectivores: 11
   Bats: 8
   Carnivores: 6
Fish: 6
Spiders: 350
Crustaceans (Crayfish): 6
Lemur species:
  • Hapalemur aureus
  • Hapalemur griseus
  • Hapalemur simus
  • Eulemur rubriventer
  • Eulemur fulvus rufus
  • Varecia variegata variegata
  • Propithecus diadema edwardsi
  • Avahi laniger
  • Lepilemur sp
  • Chreirogaleus major
  • Microcebus rufus
  • Daubentonia madagascariensis

    FLORA:
    Ranomafana is mostly mountainous and consists of low altitude rainforests (much of this is degraded or deforestated), mid-altitude forests, and montane rainforests.
    Species:

    Dominant ethnic group(s): Tanala, Betsileo

    Official web page

    Additional notes: While long, the drive from Tana to Ranomafana is spectacular, especially as you approach Ranomafana.



    MAP/Satellite Picture



    PHOTOS


    White Spotted Reed Frog (Heterixalus alboguttatus)



    Pink and orange spider



    Uroplatus fimbriatus gecko



    Metallic click beetle



    Uroplatus phantasticus gecko



    Brookesia superciliaris chameleon



    Stick Mantid



    Pill Millipede (Green color)



    Rainforest Chameleon (Furcifer balteatus) [female]



    Blue, green, orange, white, and brown Calumma crypticum chameleon [male]



    White Spotted Reed Frog (Heterixalus alboguttatus)



    Furcifer willsii (Female)



    Male Calumma crypticum chameleon



    Yellow, blue, and black caterpillar



    Brookesia thieli chameleon



    Mossy stick insect



    Microcebus rufus (Brown mouse lemur)



    Namorona River in Ranomafana



    Heart-shaped lichen



    Metallic click beetle



    Furcifer balteatus (Ranomafana N.P.)



    Arachnis flosaeris orchid (native to Indonesia, not Madagascar)



    Furcifer willsii (Female)



    Male side-striped chameleon (Calumma gastrotaenia)



    Ranomafana rainforest



    White Spotted Reed Frog (Heterixalus alboguttatus)



    Magenta leaf-hopper



    Blue-eyed dragonfly



    Orchids



    White Spotted Reed Frog (Heterixalus alboguttatus)



    Mossy stick insect



    Madagascar Pygmy-kingfisher (Ceyx madagascariensis)



    Black butterfly with turquoise spots



    Pill Millipede Ball



    Namorona River in Ranomafana



    Pink and purple insect with huge eyes



    Black and white marbled weevil



    Butterfly



    White Spotted Reed Frog (Heterixalus alboguttatus)



    Canopy Chameleon (Furcifer willsii)



    Ranomafana rainforest creek



    White Spotted Reed Frog (Heterixalus alboguttatus)



    Female Furcifer balteatus chameleon



    Blue, orange, and green Calumma crypticum chameleon [male]



    Chute Andriamamovoka (waterfall) on the Namorona River in Ranomafana



    Yellow and white flowers of Ophiocolea floribunda



    Red ginger



    Red flowers on a cactus



    Mist Rising from the rainforest of Ranomafana National Park (Ranomafana N.P.)



    Stunning male Calumma crypticum chameleon



    Madagascar Fire Millipede (Aphistogoniulus sp)



    Orchid near Ranomafana (Ranomafana N.P.)



    Calumma nasuta chameleon



    Blue, green, orange, white, and brown Calumma crypticum chameleon [male]



    Plant



    O'Shaughnessy's Chameleon (Calumma oshaughnessyi)



    Land Snail (Ranomafana N.P.)



    Red and orange flowers



    Female Red-tailed Vanga (Calicalicus madagascariensis) holding a stick insect



    Grey Bamboo Lemur (Ranomafana N.P.)



    Milne-Edwards Sifaka



    Mating butterflies



    Mantidactylus pulcher



    Rainforest Chameleon (Furcifer balteatus) [male]



    Red flowers on a vine



    Calumma brevicornis chameleon (female) (Ranomafana N.P.)



    Microcebus rufus (Brown mouse lemur) (Ranomafana N.P.)



    Golden bamboo lemur



    Purple flowers



    Pink and purple insect with huge eyes



    Satanic Leaf-tail Gecko (Uroplatus phantasticus)



    Broad-tailed Day Gecko, Phelsuma laticauda



    Crematogaster ant trail going up the trunk of a canopy tree



    Rainforest Chameleon (Furcifer balteatus) [male]



    Deforestation near Ranomafana



    Birdnest ferns



    Namorona River in Ranomafana



    Rice Fields near Ranomafana (Ranomafana N.P.)



    Phelsuma day gecko (Ranomafana N.P.)



    Pink and orange spider



    Female Velvet Asity (Philepitta castanea) gathering leaves



    Betsileo memorial stones Ranomafana National Park (Ranomafana N.P.)



    Madagascar Pygmy-kingfisher (Ceyx madagascariensis)



    Calumma globifer chameleon (Ranomafana N.P.)



    Uroplatus phantasticus gecko (Ranomafana N.P.)



    Striped Civet (Fossa fossana) (Ranomafana N.P.)



    Painted Mantella (Mantella madagascariensis); Ranomafana



    Heart-shaped lichen



    Moss covered tree in Ranomafana river (Ranomafana N.P.)



    Furcifer willsii (Male)



    Female Calumma crypticum (Ranomafana N.P.)



    White Spotted Reed Frog (Heterixalus alboguttatus)



    Golden Bamboo Lemur (Hapalemur aureus)



    Stick insects mating



    Giraffe-necked Weevil



    Mantidactylus lugubris frog


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