Madagascar is an island off East Africa. A colony of the French, Madagascar gained independence in 1960. With a size of almost 50,000 people, this beautiful island is known for its water bodies, sub-humid forests and the rarest animals in the world.
Tourism is the main contributor to its GDP and according to its tourism ministry, the number of tourists visiting the country increased by 20% in 2016. This sector generated $702 million in that year.
These are 8 rare animal species you can find only in Madagascar.
The Madagascar Pochard is the world’s rarest duck. In late 2006, it was announced that this bird was last seen in 1991 and had been rediscovered by biologists. They are diving birds that probably feed on aquatic plants and invertebrates in shallow water. Males have a distinctive white iris.
Blue Crested Coua
This animal is a medium-sized and approximately 44 cm long greenish-grey coua with grey crest. The crested coua is found in forests, savanna and brushland of Madagascar. It is found from sea-level to an altitude of 900 metres.
This species is found in the eastern and northern part of Madagascar in the tropical forest. They are very common in the pet trade, and their popularity mostly lies in their outstanding pied, dappled skin. The creatures change colour as the other chameleons would.
All species of this unique animal are threatened, ranging from vulnerable to critically endangered. Found in Madagascar, the Sifakas are medium-sized with a head and body length of 40 to 55 centimetres.
Tomato frog is a small frog belonging to the family narrow-mouthed frogs. It can be found in the warm, humid parts of Madagascar. Tomato frog inhabits forests, scrublands, coastal areas, ponds, marshes, canals and areas near the rivers. It can be occasionally seen near the farms and towns.
The Fossa tagged as the King of the Madagascar jungle is a cat-like, carnivorous mammal. The fossa is the largest carnivore on the island of Madagascar and has been compared to a small cougar.
This animal is a rare lemur that is native to Madagascar. They are the world’s largest nocturnal primate characterized by its slightly bizarre characteristics, which include rodent-like teeth that grow perpetually, and a special middle finger that is almost skeletal in appearance.
Satanic Leaf-tailed Gecko
An odd-looking creature with an even odder name, the satanic leaf-tailed gecko is a rare lizard species that can only be found on the island of Madagascar. These geckos are noted for their large, flat tail that resembles a leaf. The scientific name of this species, phantasticus, is Latin for “imaginary”,