102 birds’ species among of which more than 60 % is endemic were counted to Masoala. On 10 lemur’s species of the park, 4 are a part of the category of the primates the most threatened in the red list of the International Union for the Preservation of the Nature (UICN). To carnivores, Masoala is the only village where mongoose Salanoia concolor or Brown-tailed mongoose was observed since the 1970s. This species is the least known for Malagasy carnivores. In the sea of Masoala live the humpback whale and the southern right whale, big dolphin and dolphin with pink stomach. A species of Sirénien, Dugong, also exists in this region. Forty one (41) kinds of corals were inventoried to Masoala. Reptiles, batrachians, marine tortoises and marine fishes and of fresh water complete the list.
THE BEST OF THE FAUNA OF MASOALA
- Aye-aye or Daubentonia madagascariensis is an edemic lemur
- The red Maki Vari or Varecia rubra.
- Phaner furcifer or lemur with oriental fork.
- Phelsuma laticauda or Gecko dust of gold Gold Dust Gecko.
- Eretmochelys imbricata, imbricated tortoise or tortoise with scale.
- The Eagle secretary bird of Madagascar Eutriorchis astur
- The red Owl of Madagascar Tyto soumagnei
- Bernieri Oriole de Bernier Oriolia.
- Prevostii Eurycère de Prevost Euryceros
- Ground Rollier leptosome Brachypteracias leptosomus, ground Rollier écailleux Brachypteracias squamiger, ground Rollier pittoide Atelornis pittoides and ground Rollier of Crossley A. Crossleyi on five species in the family Brachypteraciidae, were present in this site.
On 15 species of the endemic family of Vangidae 13 are found to Masoala
More than 600 botanical species among which seven species of Mangrove swamps, 99 species of seaweeds, about fifty species of palm trees are counted to Masoala. Besides, the other interesting species as the carnivorous plant Nepenthes masoalensis are observed there. With the exception of palm trees, ferns, seaweeds and of some species, inventory systematic and targeted plants remain to make to Masoala.
GMT+3's TOURS WHICH PASS BY IN MASOALA
MASOALA N.P'S CLIMATE
The eastern part of Madagascar is the wettest region of the island. The tropical humid climate is responsible for the constant rainfalls, although the amount of rain decreases while moving southwards. The “dry” season lasts from August to December, although a shower usually falls almost every day, so do not forget your rain gear when coming here! During the rest of the year, the months where it rains the most are February and March. The cyclone season lasts from the end of December till March. Please avoid a visit during these months because the cyclones can be very destructive and roads are often impassible. The hottest months, with an average temperature of 30°C, are March, April and December. Temperatures are cooler during the rest of the year, usually between 20° to 28°C on average. Only during August and September does the thermometer go below 20°C, and it can get even a little colder during the nights.
WHAT TO BRING ?
Don’t forget your raincoat; wear some hiking shoes (not slippery) and take a powerful lamp and some batteries for nocturnal walk.