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Bora Special Reserve

This small 4,800-ha patch of transitional forest between the Eastern and Western Domains is about 35 km from the town of Antsohihy in the northwest. The reserve is sadly lacking in infrastructure to protect the interesting lemur species found there, which include the newly-described Ambarijeby mouse lemur (Microcebus danfossi), as well as brown lemur (Eulemur fulvus), western woolly lemur (Avahi occidentalis), Coquerel’s sifaka (Propithecus coquereli), and aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis). As a result of the lack of protection, the forest has been severely degraded by illegal logging and charcoal production, and the animals are difficult to find. Indeed, in recent years, there has even been talk of de-gazetting Bora, which would be most unfortunate. There are no accommodations next to the reserve, but simple hotels such as the Biaina III or the Vatolampy Annexe can be found in Antsohihy.