Wildlife of Madagascar

Mention Madagascar to travel-hungry adventurers and it conjures up images of an exotic and remote landscape, home to some of the rarest creatures on the planet.

Lemur in Madagascar

Lemur in Madagascar

More than 80% of Madagascar’s plants and animals can’t be found anywhere else in the world.

Here’s a look at some of the rare animals you might see on the island.

1. Lemurs

Probably the most famous inhabitants are its 33 species of lemurs. All are endemic to the island, with scientists continuing to discover new species.

Some of the most well-known include:

 
  • Ring-tailed lemur – living in the southern and western dry forests of the island, these highly sociable creatures live in groups of up to 30 largely female dominated communities.
  • Sifakas – the ‘dancing’ lemurs found mainly in the dry forests of the West and South. They get their nickname from their dance-like movement, as they walk on hind legs while moving their arms about.
  • Dwarf lemur – small nocturnal lemurs found throughout Madagascar.
  • Aye-Aye – another nocturnal lemur that lives in the rainforests but is threatened by extinction due to deforestation and hunting.
  • Indri – living in the rainforests of the East coast, the Indri is the largest living lemur in the world. It has a distinct black and white coat, and an eerie sounding call.

2. Fossa

Fossa

Fossa

A large cat-like predator, there are very few of these creatures still in existence in Madagascar. The Fossa’s stealth and secretive habits make it difficult to track. But natural scientists believe its facing extinction due to the destruction of its habitat, and hunting by humans as it ventures into populated areas looking for food.

3. Birds

Of the 258 bird species found on Madagascar, some 115 are endemic. They can be found in parks and forests around the island, and include:

  • Madagascar Lovebird
  • Red tailed Vanga
  • Collared Night Jar
  • Marsh Owl
  • Sparrowhawk of Madagascar
  • Madagascar Wood Rail
  • Rufous headed Ground Roller

4. Chameleons

 

Over half of the world’s species of chameleons are found on Madagascar, including the recently discovered Furcifer Timoni.

Some of the smallest chameleons on the island are the Brookesia, measuring just over an inch. These tiny creatures live in the forest undergrowth across the island.

5. Amphibians

With more than 300 species of frogs on Madagascar, an amazing 99% are endemic to the island. Frogs are the only amphibians found here, there are many beautiful species including:

  • Mantella – who use their bright colours to scare off predators
  • Tomato Frog – brightly coloured frog that releases a sticky secretion to protect against larger predators
  • Mantidactylus – hides from predators using its heavily camouflaged skin.

6. Fish

Scorpion fish

Scorpion fish

The seas around Madagascar are brimming with fish. The area offers superb diving sites for all levels. Check out our article on the top 5 diving sites off Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina.

Where to stay?

If you’re looking for a place to escape from it all, Tsarabanjina is a by-word for laid-back luxury. Get the low-down on this beautiful island lodge – Spotlight on Lodge Tsarabanjina,Madagascar.

Send us your wildlife photos  

And if you’ve already travelled to Madagascar, we’d love to see your wildlife photos. You can post them to the Constance Facebook page.

Golf: John Jacobs' Trophy battle going to the wire

18th hole at Legend golf course

18th at the Legend golf course

Following Chien Soon Lu’s victory in the Fubon Senior Open, the stage is set for another thrilling climax to the European Senior Tour season at the MCB Tour Championship in Mauritius from 9-11 December at the Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage.

Peter Fowler and Barry Lane battle for trophy

All eyes will be on the battle for the John Jacobs’ Trophy between Peter Fowler and Barry Lane.
 
Australian Fowler captured the ISPS Handa Senior Masters presented by The Stapleford Forum in June and the following month’s Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open in Switzerland.

Lane successfully defended his Cleveland Golf/Srixon Scottish Senior Open title in August, then finished second at the Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters at the start of September, and won again the next week in the Czech Republic at the Casa Serena Open.

After a campaign lasting 13 months and 21 tournaments, the season will reach a dramatic finale in Mauritius in December.

History of the John Jacobs’ Trophy

John Jacobs and Sam Torrance in 2009
John Jacobs and Sam Torrance in 2009

As the Senior Tour celebrates its 20th anniversary season, the contest between the 2 former European Tour champions is a fitting tribute to the growth in stature and popularity that the Tour has seen since its inception in 1992, as both men vie to hoist their first John Jacobs’ Trophy.

First awarded in 1993, the Senior Tour Order of Merit trophy became the John Jacobs’ Trophy – a name synonymous with European golf, the founding father of The European Tour, Ryder Cup legend and world-renowned teacher.

Jacobs was the Tour’s trail-blazing first Tournament Director-General and his name commands the respect and gratitude of anyone involved in the game.

Daily news from MCB Tour Championship

Don’t miss the MCB Tour Championship, 9-11 December website where we’ll be posting daily articles during the event.

And catch up on the latest news on the players entering this year’s event:

Competition winner announced – 3 words to describe Constance Hotels Experience

We received so many fantastic entries to our latest competition – choose 3 words that best describe Constance Hotels Experience. Thank you to everyone who entered.

To celebrate your inspiration, and your delight with the Constance Hotels experience, we’ve made a lovely tag cloud to illustrate the words you chose.

Word cloud to describe Constance Hotels Experience

The words you chose to describe Constance Hotels Experience

And now, the winner of the competition is…

… Patricia Edwards for your entry – Chic, unique, fantastique.

Congratulations Patricia, please get in touch with us via email (community@constancehotels.com) Twitter or Facebook with your contact details.

Watch this space for more competitions coming soon.

Golf pro tip 2: Bunker shot

Watch this instructional video for how to perfect your bunker shot, with golf pro Vishnoo Seeneevassen, from the Marc Farry Golf Academy at the Legend Golf Course, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius.

 

Take yourself to a world far away from daily life

If you’ve woken up feeling a little too Monday-ish, here’s a sneak peak at a place where you can truly escape… see if you can guess where it is.

Turquoise seas

Turquoise seas

  • The water is crystal clear.
  • Fresh fish is always available.
  • Sommeliers are knowledgeable and love their job.
  • Waiters genuinely enjoy what they do.
  • There’s a great wine list. And guess what: it’s included in our crystal package.
  • Australian beef tenderloin, prepared by Aussie chef Stuart Blair, is also included in the crystal package.
  • Want to enjoy a signature cocktail after dinner in the Totem bar? You’ve got it, that’s also included.
  • Chefs are passionate and smiling.
  • Chef Murulie’s legendary coconut ice cream is waiting for you.
  • No shoes are required in the restaurant at dinner time. Or at lunch for that matter…

So close your eyes, imagine you’re there and enjoy this glimpse of perfection in paradise… 

Breakfast at Manta restaurant

Breakfast at Manta restaurant

Romantic dinner on the beach

Romantic dinner on the beach

Beach at sunset

Beach at sunset

Did you guess? You’re in Constance Moofushi, Maldives.

If you’re tempted – check out more articles about Moofushi and the Maldives:

 

Weekly round-up: 21-27 November 2011

This weekly feature offers a round-up of the content on our blog from the past week, in case you missed anything.

Luxurious spa treatments

Luxurious spa treatments

Split into categories, it’s another way for you to easily find the posts of value to you.

Culinary

  • Recipe video: How to make puri bread
    Watch the first in our series of recipe videos. This week a delicious and easy recipe for puri bread from Chef Rajesh Payannandee at Constance Belle Mare Plage.

Inspiration

  • Celebrate Christmas with Constance Hotels
    There’ll be a crackle in the air across the Indian Ocean this Christmas as Constance lays on some fabulous celebrations at its 7 resorts in the Maldives, Seychelles, Mauritius and Madagascar. 
  • Top dive sites in Mauritius
    Here’s a look at some of the top dive sites on the East and North West coasts of the island.

Spa & Sports

Events round-up