Lemur spotting was at the top of my to do list in Madagascar. One afternoon we drove to Parc Ivoloina to try our luck. Parc Ivoloina is part zoo, part lemur natural habitat. The Parc houses a dozen lemur species, most of which are endangered. Species include black and white ruffed lemurs, white-fronted brown lemurs, crowned lemurs, red-bellied lemurs, grey gentle lemurs, bamboo lemurs, brown lemurs, and blue-eyed black lemurs. A path curves along the lakeside and lemurs ruffle through the tree branches above. These guys are incredibly quick with feline agility — kind of like a cat crossed with a flying squirrel. We lucked out and happened upon feeding time which afforded us the perfect photo opp and the chance to see a few lemurs up close. All in all, a great afternoon.
[Parc Ivoloina is located about 30 minutes from Tamatave on the east coast of Madagascar. The parc is open every day from 9am-5pm. The price of admission for foreign visitors is about $8 and guides are available for an additional $4.]