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Loky Manambato, Madagascar/Madagaskar
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In cold blood – Kaltblütig

Simien mountains, Ethiopia/Äthiopien

Creature of the night – Kreatur der Nacht

Loky Manambato, Madagascar/Madagaskar

Orange eyes – Orangefarbene Augen

Mgahinga National Park, Uganda

Try not to laugh – Lachen verboten

Loky Manambato, Madagascar/Madagaskar

Leaf by leaf – Blatt für Blatt

Mgahinga National Park, Uganda

Contemplating one another – Nachdenken über das Gegenüber

Simien mountains, Ethiopia/Äthiopien

Daraina & Loky Manambato

When we finally reached the edge of the dry deciduous forest, Amidou, our guide and somehow lonesome manager of Loky Manambato Protected Area, and his two friends, the Aye-Aye trackers, had already spotted the first group of Golden-crowned sifakas or Tattersall’s sifaka (Propithecus tattersalli) up in the branches of a grove of trees. We followed them in a hurry through high dried out grass, always looking up, following the graceful white lemurs with our eyes. That´s why we didn´t notice the family digging holes in a dried-out riverbed and searching the excavated material in a big pan for gold. And only a few metres above their heads, the Golden-crowned Sifakas were nibbling on the sweet yellow blossoms of a local tree. They seemed to know that it is fady, taboo, for the locals to harm or even hunt them. Continue…

Bobangira

If you are looking for a last unspoilt piece of paradise, it is unavoidable to come across Bobangira, even though there are only few people right now who know about that place. The local residents for sure, some expats, and a few adventurous travellers who came upon the name accidentally and were open enough to ask for a chance to go there, just like in our case. While hiking in the rainforest of Marojejy mountains, we were told about Bobangira by our guide Yockno, the president of the regional guide´s association. And instead of staying in the montane forests and visiting Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve south of Marojejy National Park, we decided to give Bobangira a try. Continue…

Marojejy

A good 60 km southwest of Sambava lies Marojejy National Park in the eponymous Massif de Marojejy, a mountain range with its highest point at 2.132 m altitude. Those mountains are covered by dense rainforest as well as montane rainforest and cloud forest on the higher levels, and the forest is one of the top hotspots of biodiversity left on our ravaged planet. The national park protects more than 55.000 ha of it and has been gazetted in 1998 after already being a protected area since 1952. In 2007, it has been declared world heritage site by UNESCO as a part of the Antsinanana rainforests. Continue…