International Parks: Tsingy de Bemaraha, Madagascar

by Cie McCullough Buschle on May 11, 2012

in Outdoors with Kids, Travel Ideas

Rocks hang in the air and lemurs leap from peak to peak in Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park and the Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve.

Tsingy de Bemaraha rock formation

Tsingy de Bemaraha rock formation

In 1990 Tsingy de Bemaraha became a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its incredibly unique geography. The 257 sq miles on the southern end later became a Madagascar National Park, while the 329 sq miles in the north remains under strict protections. Tsingy de Bemaraha can be loosely translated as where one cannot walk barefoot; Tsingy is the local word for the limestone formations that have been eroded by harsh rains and groundwater. Underground, water and the roots of the many mangrove trees have created caverns filled with water.

Within each of the pointed peaks are separate ecosystems: one at the base, another along the slope, and a third at the summit. Within each section live different species of plants and animals, similar to the different species that inhabit the layers of a rain forest. Dense Mangrove forests exist at the base of the Tsingy, and the Hanambolo River winds through their midst, the Hanambolo River Gorge being on the southern edge of the reserve.

As many of the lemurs and birds that live here are unique to the Tsingy, almost all are rare and endangered.

Decken's Sifaka

Decken's Sifaka

| Cie McCullough Buschle lives with her dog Einstein and a cat named Burton Guster. She is a lifelong traveler and enjoys researching history through holidays, toys, and everyday objects. Cie is a sculptor and co-owns The Creative Chameleon, a place where kids and adults can create, paint, celebrate, and just have a lot of fun. Sometimes you can find her time traveling back to the Middle Ages as part of the Society for Creative Anachronism.

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