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Ankarafantsika (formerly known as Ampijoroa Forest Station) is one of the largest and last remaining sections of dense dry deciduous forest in Madagascar, filled with critically endangered and endemic species.
The vegetation consists mainly of relatively low and scrubby deciduous forest with savannah areas and gallery forest around the Ravelobe Lake. The main ethnic group is the Sakavala, which are mainly zebu holders and farmers. Ankarafantsika is the last refuge of several lemur and bird species, which makes the conservation of the Park so important. The area is home to eight lemur species: a night walk is usually exciting and rewarding and one may find Milne-Edwards sportive lemur, mongoose lemur, western wolly lemur, grey mouse lemur, fat-tailed dwarf lemur, and it is the only place where the golden-brown mouse lemur occurs. During the day Coquerel’ssifaka are commonly seen. The Park is also one of Madagascar’s finest bird watching venues with 129 species (75 are endemic) such as the banded krestel, Rufousvanga, Van Dam´s vanga, Madagascar fish eagle. 10 frogs and 45 reptiles are found here, like Oustalett’s, dwarf, horned and Rhinoceros chameleons, several vulnerable snakes, the extremely rare Madagascar big-headed turtle and even crocodiles around the lake. NIGHT AT THE SAME PLACE