Kirindy Forest Night Walk, Madagascar

This post is part of a 10 day trip with Remote River Expeditions.

Arriving at the Kirindy Forest we met our guide, Gervas, for a briefing of the area. We decided to skip the afternoon walk and just do the night walk and the morning one the next day.The night walk begins at dusk, just after 6 p.m. We take the car a few minutes down the road and head down a narrow trail in the woods.

Almost immediately Gervas points out a mouse lemur. I don’t see it at first but then I make out the eyes glowing in the dark and then the blur as they scurry across the tree limbs.

The grey mouse lemurs and Madam Berthe’s mouse lemur are the most numerous.

Fork marked lemur

The peak moment of the evening was a mouse lemur hanging out on a low trunk, so close I could almost reach out and touch it. Gervas tries to light it for me without blinding the poor creature.

On our way out this Western tufted-tailed rat scurries across the trail.

Later, as we are driving back to camp, a fossa, a cat-like predator, appears on the road. We stop, get out and follow him a ways down a side trail before he disappears into the forest.

September 28, 2016

For links to all the posts in this series see the Madagascar page.

2 thoughts

  1. Very nice pictures! ? What camera did you use? Was it difficult to take some nice pictures? And also, did you go there in the evening from Morondava or? Thanks for your answers in advance, Martin.

    1. Hi Martin, Thank you for the comment. I had a Canon 60D, so a pretty good camera, with the ISO cranked up. It helps that they shine a flashlight on the lemurs, though they don’t like it much.

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