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Ok, reptiles may not be for you, but this place is a natural wonder. The MADAGASCAR EXOTIC (REPTILE FARM) actually breeds a variety of reptiles and insects. This means you can see great examples of truly exotic fauna all in one place very quickly. You would need months to see all these varieties in the wild. Some of the chameleons are truly exceptional and unique. Some are brightly coloured, others blend in with the environment. You would truly miss out on seeing half of the natural diversity of Madagascar without a visit to this remarkable place.
The center is also known as Réserve Peyrieras, after it's founder, Mr. Peyrieras. They are open 7 days a week from 7 am to 6 pm and it costs less than $5 (US) to get in.
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Address: RN2 PK12 MAROZEVO, Madagascar
Directions: About 1 hours drive East of Antananarivo, Madagascar
Phone: (216) 22 321 01
Red-Fronted Brown Lemurs
Brown Lemurs are friendly and cuddly. These friendly guys are actually 'Red-Fronted Brown Lemurs' or Eulemur Rufus. It’s a little hard to tell the difference between the males and females because they are the same size. A give-away that it’s a female is when they are carrying a baby (last picture). These cute little guys live for up to 30 years and they definitely love bananas. They also eat fruit, flowers, leaves, bark, sap, soil, insects, centipedes and millipedes. Obviously they are not picky eaters. They live in mixed groups of 13-18. Females have a gestation period of 130 days and give birth to 1-2 babies between August and October.
These docile little guys are actually the largest Chameleons in the world. They are indigenous to Madagascar and mainly inhabit the rain forests. They grow to about 40cm and move very slowly. The males have a large helmet like structure called a casque with 2 rounded horns. Their tongues can be longer than their bodies! Makes it easier to catch food. You can pick them up, but try to leave them alone. They are more than happy to pose for photographs.
This is my highly versatile friend – Mr. Bucket. Before you think I have gone totally mad, just read on. I may be mad, but this is a friend you need for any sort of stays in Africa. So what can Mr. Bucket do for you? Well, Mr. Bucket holds water. So he can keep water for emergency drinking, putting out campfires, washing out toilets/ground, and for washing clothes. He is also indispensable for taking a bath when the water stops running. He can even store his own water. On top of all this Mr. Bucket can help you when he’s dry too. He holds things for you to carry or store. He’s great for storing liquid containers like cleaners and alcohol that could leak out. Yep, Mr. Bucket – leave home with it! When you are finished with Mr. Bucket please leave him for a local person to use.
Mr. Bucket is available at fine stores, and no so fine stores, all over Madagascar for about 50 US cents - $2. Now that’s a bargain!
If you come all the way here, then hire the best English-speaking guide in Madagascar. DJ (his nickname) runs Jerijery Tours and is a superb guide and all around great guy. He does guided trips all across Madagascar for several tour operators, or you can hire him directly. He operates a very comfortable 4-wheel drive people carrier and is also a very safe driver – very important considering some of the roads. Nothing is too much trouble and he happily stopped wherever I wanted to take a picture. I bought a tour at the very last minute and DJ made me feel like I had been expected for months. I saw 7 varieties of Lemurs, a host of animals, birds, insects, plants and fantastic scenery thanks to the organisational skills of DJ. He even knows the very best restaurants along the way. I never felt rushed, yet I couldn’t believe how much I saw in just a few days. English-speaking guides are hard to find, but DJ is the best there is!
(All the pictures were taken during my tour with DJ)
Directions: Randriamalala Didier (DJ)
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