Later in the evening, we took our second nature walk, this time in darkness. Armed with my tripod and a headlamp, we wandered into the forest listening to the strange sounds coming from the blackness. I felt in another world as the alien lemur noises echoed all around us. Thanks to our phenomenal guide, we were able to see a Grey Mouse Lemur, one of the smallest primates on the planet (the littlest lemur in the movie Madagascar, I didn't get a picture of this guy). We also spotted a fat tail lemur, which stores fat in its tail, as well as another red sportive lemur. All of these were great, and it was fantastic to see them, but for me, the greatest part of the night came when we spotted THE CHAMELEON. Our guide had shown us some other chameleons along the way, but even he stopped in delight when he realized what he had found. The chameleon was no bigger than my pinkie finger when his tail was all stretched out (they relax their tails when they are sleeping). He was so tiny! Our guide told us that theses chameleons were very rare, that maybe you see them three times a year if you are lucky, and that he personally had always wanted to see one but this was his first time. I was thrilled.
On the way back to Morondava the next day, our trusted vehicle got a flat tire on the Allée des Baobabs. We enjoyed the shade under a ginormous baobab before joining the driver in pushing our vehicle to start it. We passed by a zebu market not far out of Morondava. People gather every week to sell their zebus at the market. One boy was soaping up his zebu in a stream, getting him all beautiful for the market sales. It was a great site to finish up what had been an amazing couple of days.
|Anne-Marie swinging on a vine|
|Red Fronted Brown Lemur|
|Hiding Red Sportive Lemur|
Baobab panoramic. This tree was so large, I took four images to get this one of it top to bottom