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Madagascar biozone

The Madagascar biozone includes two ecosystems which are representative of the island – the tropical rainforest and the tropical dry forest.

Madagascar is the fourth largest island on our planet. A remarkable 80% of species in Madagascar are endemic, but many of them are endangered. The Parc Zoologique de Paris has therefore been heavily involved in in situ conservation programmes for many years.

The tropical rainforest 

The tropical rainforest in the Great Glasshouse is filled with colourful birds, such as grey-headed lovebirds (Agapornis canus) and the Madagascar pigeon (Nesoenas picturata), as well as lemurs, including the most endangered one, the greater bamboo lemur (Prolemur simus).

Outside the glasshouse, other lemurs scamper freely around the biozone islands while the fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox), the largest carnivore on Madagascar, wanders about in the dense vegetation which is also home to a group of flying foxes.

The tropical dry forest 

Further on, as you round a little hillock, the dry Madagascan forest comes into view. In a small valley covered in sparse vegetation consisting of low-level plants, grasses and thorny shrubs, it is home to the radiated tortoise (Astrochelys radiata) and the crowned sifaka (Propithecus coronatus), the iconic lemur of Madagascar and also of the Parc Zoologique de Paris.

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Crowned sifaka © Manuel Cohen - MNHN

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The animals of the Madagascar biozone

The Parc Zoologique de Paris has been heavily involved in in situ conservation programmes for many years of the endemic species of Madagascar island. The Parc presents about 30 species in this biozone including lemurs, tortoises, amphibians such as the tomato frog, and also chameleons.

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