Tsingy de Namoroka Strict Nature Reserve

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Namoroka National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Namoroka Tsingy.jpg
Tsingy located at Namoroka National Park
Map showing the location of Namoroka National Park
Map showing the location of Namoroka National Park
Location of Namoroka National Park
Location Northwestern Madagascar
Nearest city Soalala, Mahajanga
Coordinates 16°28′S 45°20′E / 16.467°S 45.333°E / -16.467; 45.333Coordinates: 16°28′S 45°20′E / 16.467°S 45.333°E / -16.467; 45.333
Area 220.71 km²
Established 1927
Governing body Madagascar National Parks Association (PNM-ANGAP)
http://www.parcs-madagascar.com/fiche-aire-protegee_en.php?Ap=28 www.parcs-madagascar.com

Tsingy de Namoroka Strict Nature Reserve, also known as Namoroka National Park, is a strict nature reserve located in the northwestern part of Madagascar in the Mahajanga Province, specifically, the Soalala District.

History[edit]

Namoroka National Park was established in 1927[1] and became a special reserve in 1966. It forms a complex with the neighboring Baie de Baly National Park.

Climate and geography[edit]

Located in the northwestern part of Madagascar about 50 km south of Soalala, Tsingy de Namoroka has a dry season lasting about seven months with a rainy season lasting only five months. The resulting precipitation is about 115 cm per year, while the average temperature hovers around 25°C.

The park is known for its tsingy walls, caves, canyons, and natural swimming pools.

Fauna[edit]

Like much of Madagascar, Tsingy de Namoroka is known for its abundant and diverse wildlife. Of its over 81 species of birds, 31 are endemic to Madagascar with 23 other species endemic to Madagascar and other neighboring islands.[2]

Tsingy de Namoroka is also home to over 30 species of reptiles, five types of frogs, and 16 mammals, including eight lemurs.[3] Specifically, Namoroka is home to the following lemur species:[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Tsingy de Namoroka National Park Sitesheet. World Database on Protected Areas.
  2. ^ Tsingy de Namoroka. Madagascar National Parks. Retrieved on 2009-03-30.
  3. ^ a b Namoroka. Wild Madagascar. Retrieved on 2009-03-30.

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