Baie de Baly National Park

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Baie de Baly National Park
IUCN category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources)
Astrochelys yniphora.jpg
Angonoka tortoise
Map showing the location of Baie de Baly National Park
Map showing the location of Baie de Baly National Park
Location of the Baie de Baly National Park in Madagascar
Nearest city Sakaraha, Tulear
Coordinates 16°5′S 45°14′E / 16.083°S 45.233°E / -16.083; 45.233Coordinates: 16°5′S 45°14′E / 16.083°S 45.233°E / -16.083; 45.233
Area 571.42 km²
Established 1997
Governing body Madagascar National Parks Association
http://www.parcs-madagascar.com/fiche-aire-protegee_en.php?Ap=16 www.parcs-madagascar.com
Madagascar fish eagle

Baie de Baly National Park is a national Park of Madagascar.[1]

Geography[edit]

Baie de Baly National Park or Baly Bay National Park is situated in the region Boeny, District of Soalala, close to Soalala and Ambohipaky, approx 150 km to the next major city Mahajanga. The Tsingy de Namoroka National Park borders to the Baie de Baly National Park.

Its area consists of dry forests, scrub-shrub or bamboo shrub, mangroves, lakes and swamps mixed with savanna. Its southern border is formed by the Kapiloza River and it is also crossed by the Andranomavo River. it is limited in the north by the Mozambique Channel and in the east by the Bay of Marambitsy.

Flora and fauna[edit]

The Baie de Baly National Park is the only known natural habitat of the critically endangered Angonoka tortoise or ploughshare tortoise (Astrochelys yniphora). Other rare animals found in this park is the Madagascan sideneck turtle (Erymnochelys madagascariensis), as well as the dugong, a marine mammal and the Madagascar fish eagle.

There are also 13 species of mammals living in the park (6 primates), 37 reptile species 8 amphibian species and 122 species of birds.

Also the Perrierbambus madagascariensis, an endemic bamboo species, can only be found in this place. The poisonous tree, Erythrophleum couminga (locally named komanga) is also endemic of that region which can be found inside and outside the park. It is a very hard wood but cannot be used for cooking as its fumes can contain its poison.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Baly Bay National Park". Travel Madagascar. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 

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