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Tsimanampetsotsa National Park

Tsimanampetsotsa National Park is in southwestern Madagascar, about a two-hour drive from Anakao (a coastal tourist location with good seaside hotels) or a 45-minute boat ride south of Toliara (= Tuléar). A visit to this protected area can be arranged by hotels in Anakao, such as the Prince Anakao, Anakao Resort, Safari Vezo, Chez Diégo, or De l’Autre Côté de la Lune. The Domaine d’ Ambola, situated near the park, can be booked through an Antananarivo-based tour operator. Although mainly a site for flamingos and other waterfowl, as well as the rare carnivore, Grandidier’s mongoose (Galidictis grandidieri), there is also a good selection of lemurs to be seen. The Mahafaly Plateau, with its dense covering of xeric vegetation, is home to the gray-brown mouse lemur (Microcebus griseorufus), fat-tailed dwarf lemur (Cheirogaleus medius), white-footed sportive lemur (Lepilemur leucopus), ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta), and Verreaux’s sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi).