No visit to Miavana is complete without meeting our resident crowned lemurs. Tap into your inner adventurer as you trek through the forested heart of the island, in search of lemurs. Come let us show you…
Begin in the Cabinet des Curiosities.
You will be given a brief presentation by your guide, explaining the fascinating biology and evolution of lemurs, which are only found in Madagascar. Learn about how the island’s unique geological history led to diverse lemur families, including the crowned lemurs that live on Miavana.
Venture into the island’s native forests with your guide.
The island’s forests are filled with a variety of birds, reptiles, insects and flora. As you make your way through the maze of pathways, notice wild orchids winding up tree branches, lime green geckos skitter after dragonflies and sunbirds flash their vibrant plumage amid the foliage. Listen for the distinctive call of a Madagascan hoopoe, and the rustle of leaves that hint at a boa constrictor or giant land crab weaving past.
Your guide will coordinate with the conservation team, that departed early in the morning to locate the highly mobile lemurs.
Every day this team conducts visual surveys, noting the lemurs’ location, health, status, behaviour and any changes that may have occurred. These intense efforts are part of the Time + Tide Foundation’s ongoing lemur conservation project. In 2017, 5 Crowned Lemurs were translocated from an area of high poaching on the mainland to the protected sanctuary of our island. Since their arrival they have adjusted beautifully. Today, the island is home to 11 lemurs with a 40% population growth from the initial translocated group.
The conservation team will lead you to the lemurs, where you can spend time with them as they go about their daily lives.
Watch as they forage for fruit in the canopy, leap through the tangle of branches, groom themselves and socialise with each other. Having been habituated to humans, they are relaxed and curious. Don’t be surprised if they stare right back at you in a moment of mutual interest.
Spend as long as you want with the lemurs before making your way out of the forest back to a delicious lunch awaiting you at the piazza or your villa.
If this encounter left you eager to discover more, take the opportunity to go on a helicopter excursion to visit other lemur species in the nearby Ankarana National Park and the highly endangered black lemur in the forests of the Andavakoera mountains. Visiting these creatures is an unforgettable experience and will make your trip to Madagascar unlike any other.
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