Kenya & Madagascar Expedition 2011
Today we got to spend time at the National Park of Ranomafana. We have traveled 412km from Antananarivo. This park was established in May 31, 1991. This is the only national park that’s going strong in Madagascar. This park covers 41601 acres of land, and has a perimeter of 254km. This park is about the size of 137 villages, 32 factories, and 7 communities. The climate here is tropical and humid. The altitude is 400a and 1400m. Activities that happen at the park are conservation, tourism, and development of an educational environment. Students or researchers who come here spend three to four years living in the park for studying the animals and building upon research , but the length of time depends on the job or project. The river that flows through the park is called the Namorona River.
In the park there 12 species of lemur, 5 night active, and 7 day active, 6 species of carnivores (including the Fossa), 58 species of reptile, 74 species of insects, 106 species of amphibians, 115 species of small mammals, 250 species of plants, 19 species of snakes, 350 species of spiders, 5 species of pesticides (tree eating bugs), 25 species of bamboo, 3 species of bamboo lemur, and 24 species of fig trees.
While there, we got to see one of the smallest bamboo lemurs, the Eastern Lesser Bamboo lemur, also known as the small, gentle bamboo lemur. This lemur weights 1 kg. They like to eat fruit, brown bamboo, grass bamboo, flowers, insects, bamboo shout, pink tree fruit, beetles, fig, and drinks lots, and lots of water from the river. Female lemurs of this specific species give birth to one baby per year. They can live a maximum life span to up 30 yrs. We also got to see ant nests and spiders. We saw the orange spider and its web. With these spiders, their web is the color yellow, so it’s very visible, and the female is twice the size of the male. When mating, the female lays her eggs in the ground and after eats the male. With the ants, unlike most common ants that build there their nest on the ground, the ants here build their nest up in trees and on leaves.
Overall, the park was amazing and despite the rain it was beautiful.