The isolation of Madagascar island for the last 80 million years has led to the evolution of a large number of endemic animal species of which 80 percent are not seen anywhere else in the world. The best example is lemurs – yes, that ‘s right, you will not find these amazing animals in the wild anywhere else on Earth, while in Madagascar there are over 50 species of them! It is not uncommon that our clients get to see over 10 lemur species on our classic 7 day tour (and many more on our longer tours).

The other mammals found in Madagascar include the cat-like fossas, fanalokas, tenrecs, mongooses, bats and a variety of rodents.

With about 280 species of birds with over 100 of them being endemic, Madagascar is a paradise for bird watchers. There are five bird families unique to Madagascar or shared only with the Comoro Islands: the vangas, the cuckoo-roller, the ground-rollers, , the asities and the mesites.  Our guides will help you to discover them and share their knowledge about them. You are likely to see a long tailed ground-roller, sakalava weaver, malagasy coucal, madagascar partridge, nuthatch vanga, ashy cuckoo shrike, Benson’s rockthrush and many and many more.

The animal adventure, however, does not end there – watch out also for chameleons, lizards, geckos, frogs, butterflies, beetles, moths, spiders and snakes. And the best part of it is that you don’t need to be worried about getting hurt – none of these Madagascar animals are deadly to humans.

Some of the top animals (in addition to the lemurs, plants and birds seen on their own FAQ page) are:

  • Bicolour Parrotfish
  • Clown Triggerfish
  • Comet Moth
  • Flatid Leaf Bug
  • Giraffe- Necked Weevil
  • Hawksbill Sea Turtle
  • Humpback Whale (Aug and start of Sept)
  • Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
  • Nile Crocodile
  • Parson’s Chameleon
  • Pygmy Leaf Chameleon
  • Radiated Tortoise
  • Tomato Frog