Nosy Mangabe

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Nosy Mangabe Reserve
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Map showing the location of Nosy Mangabe Reserve
Map showing the location of Nosy Mangabe Reserve
Location of Nosy Mangabe Reserve
Location North-east Madagascar
Nearest city Maroantsetra
Coordinates 15°30′S 49°46′E / 15.500°S 49.767°E / -15.500; 49.767Coordinates: 15°30′S 49°46′E / 15.500°S 49.767°E / -15.500; 49.767
Area 5.2 km²
Established 1965
Visitors approx. 3000 (in 2005)
Governing body Madagascar National Parks Association (ANGAP) in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society

Nosy Mangabe is a small island reserve located in Antongil Bay about 2 km offshore from the town of Maroantsetra in eastern Madagascar. 520ha in size, it is accessible by small boat and is part of the larger Masoala National Park complex. It is a tropical rainforest preserve and sanctuary for the endangered aye-aye. It lies close enough to town for a day trip, although an overnight stay is recommended for seeing the nocturnal aye-aye. The island has a rich history of trading and piracy; on the west side of the island are rock carvings by Dutch sailors from the 16th century. British science fiction writer Douglas Adams visited the island searching for the aye-aye in one of his lesser known books, Last Chance to See. There are no permanent settlements on the island; a campsite with bathroom and kitchen facilities serves as a base camp for biologists, researchers and eco-tourists.

Shipwreck on the west shore.

Heather E. Heying [1] has written a literary book on her research on the island named 'Antipode: Seasons with the Extraordinary Wildlife and Culture of Madagascar' [2]