Baie de Baly National Park
|Baie de Baly National Park|
IUCN category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources)
|Nearest city||Sakaraha, Tulear|
|Governing body||Madagascar National Parks Association|
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
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.
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.
- "Baly Bay National Park". Travel Madagascar. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
- List of national parks of Madagascar
- Fauna of Madagascar
- Tsingy de Namoroka Strict Nature Reserve
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