As the fourth largest island in the world, and with a land mass slightly less than the size of Texas, Madagascar is sought after for its abundance of national parks and animal diversity. In fact, 80% of the animals on the island are not found anywhere else in the world. In 1990, The Madagascar National Parks organization was founded to oversee the conservation and protection of these animals and the country’s national parks. Here are a few of the must-see national parks throughout Madagascar:
1. Masoala National Park
Established in 1997, Masoala National Park is located in the northern part of Madagascar. The park has a variety of habitats (including three marine parks),with a total of 2,300 square kilometers of forest and 100 square kilometers of marine park. As one of the most biodiverse places on the planet, two percent of planet earth’s animal and plant species reside here. You’re likely to spot lemur, mongoose, whales, dolphins, and some of the 102 species of birds.