A remote reserve with little infrastructure to support visits.

Ambohijanahary is best known for its sclerophyllous forest ecosystem (800 to 1600 m), which supports 30 species of herps, 57 species of birds, 2 species of carnivores, and 2 species of lemur.

Much of the reserve has been degraded by fire. Sclerophyllous forest (8,794 ha) and woodlands (3,419) are the dominant vegetation types after grassland.

Province: Mahajanga (Majunga)

Area: 24,400

Protected area status: Special reserve

Year established: 1993

General location: Western

Location and Access:

Climate: Transition zone between the dry forests of the west and the wet medium-altitude forests of the east.

Average temperature: 14-25�C

Elevation: 800 to 1600 m

Precipitation: 100-150 cm

Description: Ambohijanahary is located at the extreme side west of the Bongolava mountain range, which serves as the source of the Manambolo River.

Birds: 57
Reptiles: 21
   Lizards: 6
   Chameleons: 7
   Snakes: 8
Frogs: 9
Mammals: 11
   Lemurs: 2
   Rodents: 3
   Insectivores: 4
   Carnivores: 2
Lemur species:

According to ANGAP, five types of ecosystems are found Ambohijanahary:

  • sclerophyllous dense forest: 8.794 ha,
  • sclerophyllous clear forest: 3.419 ha,
  • gramineous formations and with thickets of Nasllls borbonicus: 12.174 ha,
  • water levels: 3 ha and,
  • stripped zones, sands or rock exposures: 3 ha.

    The sclerophyllous forest of mid-altitude (800 to 1600 m) is one of Madagascar's most threatened vegetation types.

    Dominant ethnic group(s): Makoa

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    Additional notes: TENRECS: Microgale brevicaudata, Tenrec ecaudatus, Setifer setosus and Echinops telfairi
    LEMURS: Propithecus verreauxi deckeniAmbohijanahary

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