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Tropical & Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forest
The tropical dry forests and woodlands of Madagascar are safe from dangerous wildlife, and fascinating due to the amount of easily seen endemic species...
The Baobab genus Adansonia is centred mainly in Madagascar, where there are 7 species. There are only another three species found outside this large island; two in Africa and one in Australia.
For scale, there is Malcom Turner. He is of normal size. (But nothing else about him is normal!)
The twin North-western Baobabs.
Order Phasmatodea: 'Stick Insects'
It must get very confusing for stick insects when they are mating...(Isalo National Park)
Stick Insects mating.
Order Hemiptera: 'Bugs'
This is a large family that is found around most of the world. They are a type of 'planthopper' that sucks out the phloem from plants. The adults resemble a small tent, but the nymphs are distinctively different, with their tail of waxy filaments making them look like part of the plant.
(Isalo National Park)
'Flatid Planthopper' adults.
Phromnia rosea, 'Flatid Leaf Insect' nymph.
Madagascar Malachite Kingfisher
Order Afrosoricida: 'Golden Moles', 'Otter Shrews' & 'Tenrecs'
Family Tenrecidae: 'Tenrecs'
(Ankarafantsika National Park, Madagascar)
Setifer setosus, 'Greater Hedgehog Tenrec', 'Sokina'.
Places to experience the Madagascan dry forest & woodlands
The biggest and best park for tropical woodlands is Ankarafantsika National Park. Isalo National Park has a mix of more open arid habitats, but with pockets of woodlands.
An edited version of one of my introductory lectures that I give on expedition ships about the people of Madagascar