Welcome to Parc National Zombitse-Vohibasia
The park's relict forest shelters an astounding 85 recorded bird species. Commonly sighted here are the grand and Coquerel's coua, white-browed owl, black parrot and blue vanga. But the real prize is the Appert's greenbul – sometimes, quantifying the science of extinction is all too easy because if this forest were to disappear, so to would this species as it survives nowhere else on the planet.
Lemurs are also an attraction here with eight recorded species. Most are nocturnal, but you're pretty likely to come across skittish bands of Verreaux's sifaka and the oh-so-cute (and endangered) Hubbard's sportive lemur. The latter is nocturnal but is commonly seen resting in tree hollows by day.
Pay your fees at the barely functioning park office, just set back from the RN7, and let a guide lead you along any of the circuits that range from 15 minutes to two hours in length. The optimum time for birdwatching is 6am to 9am.