26 November 2016

Daubentoniidae family


Although seeing Daubentonia in the wild requires great patience and diligence, visitors to Madagascar now stand a fair chance of encountering this strange animal, once considered one of nature’s greatest rarities. The easiest place to see the Aye-aye is on Ile Roger or « Aye-aye Island, located just 2-3 km from the Mananara-Nord air trip. Some 13 animals were introduced onto this 30 ha island over the course of the seven years. The island is mainly an overgrown plantation that is being reclaimed by forest, but viewing conditions are excellent, and the visitor can also see Hapalemur griseus and Eulemur albifrons. Good accommodations are available at bungalows Aye-aye, located less than 100 m from the air strip, and this facility can arrange visits to the island.

The next best chance is the island of Nosy Mangabe in the Bay of Antongil, which is easily reached by boat from Maroantsetra. Although by no means guaranteed, you have a good chance of seeing an aye-aye if you spend one or two nights on this small island, and you also will see Black-and-white ruffed lemurs( Varecia variegata subcincta),White-fronted brown lemurs (Eulemur albrifrons ), and rufous mouse lemurs( Microcebus rufus). Nosy Mangabe is included in several tour circuits. If you cross the bay to the Masoala Peninsula, there is also a chance to see the red ruffed lamur (varecia rubra).

Aye-ayes are occasionally sighted at several other tourist destinations, including the Analamazaotra Special Reserve, “Montagne d’Ambre” National Park, and Ranomafana National Park, but it is far more likely that visitors will only see aye-aye sign such as holes gnawed in tree bark, ramy nuts, or the occasional nest.