Protected area status: National park
General location: southwestern Madagascar; 24 O 03' and 24 O 12' of Southern latitude and 43 ° 46 ' and 43 ° 50 ' of longitude
Location and Access: 85 km south of Toliara
Climate: Endemic spiny forest and wetlands
Elevation: 38-114 m
Precipitation: 35-50 cm
Description: Tsimanampetsotsa is best known for its bird population including pink flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) found on a shallow lake located on the sandy coastal plain. The reserve also has multiple caves, some of which shelter blind fish (Typhleotris madagascariensis).
Tsimanampetsotsa has dense xerophilous thickets, grassy formations and sand dunes.
Dominant ethnic group(s): Tanala, Vezo
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Additional notes: Due to its chemistry, the water of Lake Tsimanampetsotsa does not support any fish species.
Pictures on this site were taken with a Konica Minolta
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