Ambatovaky is home to eleven species of lemurs (including the black-and-white ruffed lemur), 110 species of birds (including the Madgascar serpent eagle, the Malagasy Kingfisher, Aviceda madagascariensis, and the Cuckoo-shrike [Coracina cineria), 113 species of herps, 34 species of fish.
ANGAP reports that Ambatovaky has a number of taboos and prohibitions, including consumption of Indri lemur meat and frogs, and "sacred" days where certain activities are prohibited.
Province: Toamasina (Tamatave)
Protected area status: Special reserve
Year established: 1958
General location: eastern Madagascar
Location and Access: 2 hours from Soanierana Ivongo via dugout canoe on the Marimboana river.
Elevation: 400 to 1185 m
Precipitation: 280 cm
Description: Ambatovaky forest grows on a crystalline base consisting of sloping hills intersected with valleys.
Reptiles and Amphibians: 113
Lemur species: 11 species [Mittermeier, et. al 1994]
Avahi laniger - Eastern Avahi
Cheirogaleus major - Greater Dwarf Lemur
Daubentonia madagascariensis - Aye-aye
Eulemur fulvus - Brown Lemur
Eulemur rubriventer - Red-bellied Lemur
Hapalemur griseus - Gray Gentle Lemur
Indri indri indri - Indri lemur
Microcebus rufus - Red Mouse-lemur
Propithecus diadema diadema - Diademed Sifaka
Varecia variegata - Black-and-White Ruffed Lemur
Dominant ethnic group(s): Betsimisaraka
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