Samiksha Jaiswal

Andranomena Reserve

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Location  Western Madagascar
Address  8, Madagascar
Phone  +261 20 95 921 28
Nearest city  Morondava
Area  64.2 kmĀ²
Management  Madagascar National Parks
Andranomena Reserve
Governing body  Madagascar National Parks Association (PNM-ANGAP)
Similar  Mangerivola Reserve, Manombo Reserve, Betampona Reserve, Beza Mahafaly Reserve, Andohahela National Park

Andranomena Special Reserve is a wildlife reserve in Menabe Region, western Madagascar, near the city of Morondava and the rural commune of Bemanonga.

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Geography

This 6,400 hectares (16,000 acres) reserve is 30 kilometres (19 mi) north-east of the city of Morondava and 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) from Baoababs' Alley in western Madagascar. Altitude ranges from sea-level to 100 metres (330 ft). The annual rainfall is 900 millimetres (35 in) and can be visited throughout the year, including the wet season (December to March). There is no overnight accommodation within the park.

Flora and fauna

Habitats on the reserve consist mainly of dry scrubland, deciduous dry forest with the vegetation dominated by the plant families, Bombacaceae, Burseraceae and Euphorbiaceae. Some of the species include Adansonia rubrostipa, commonly known as fony baobab, the ebony tree (Diospyros platycalyx), Euphorbia antso and Hazomalania voyronii which has timber that contains camphor an insect repellent. There are also small seasonal lakes with locally endemic aquatic plants.

Ten species of mammal have been recorded on the reserve including eight species of lemur, 48 bird species, eleven species of reptile and one amphibian. Coquerel's sifaka (Propithecus coquereli) was previously found at this site but has since been extirpated. Mammals found on the reserve include Madame Berthe's mouse lemur (Microcebus berthae), which is evaluated as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and is the smallest species of mouse lemur; an endangered species, Pale fork-marked lemur (Phaner pallescens); red-tailed sportive lemur (Lepilemur ruficaudatus) also vulnerable; and the Fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox), a cat-like, carnivore and also a vulnerable species.

Threats

The reserve is threatened by poaching, illegal felling of trees and slash-and-burn agriculture.

References

Andranomena Reserve Wikipedia


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