Back in 2020 B.C (Before Covid) I was planning a return to Madagascar.
And last month, in a fit of naieve optimism, I started looking again at where to go and what mammals to search for. I have a great deal I still want to see.
The bad news is that the island remains closed to tourists.
The good news is that when it does open there are a some very useful new resources to help plan mammalwatching trips, including a new book on the mammals of Madagascar, from Russ Mittermeier, conservationist, primatewatching ambassador and star of the mammalwatching podcast.
Tthe new Lynx & re:wild guide to the Mammals of Madagascar is a taxonomically uptodate, illustrated checklist to the more than 250 Madagascan mammals, including 112 lemur species. It also covers the few mammals of Reunion, the Seychelles, the Comoros and Mauritius.
Each species is described and illustrated and its range is mapped.
An added bonus is a section covering 52 mammalwatching sites across the island that lists the notable species found in each. Very useful for planning an itinerary, particularly I a second or third trip.
Brilliant stuff. One day there might be resources like this for every country.
You might also want to check out the Lemur Conservation Network’s site, including their informatoon on travel to Madagascar.
The only drawback is I am now keener than ever to get back there.