Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve (1990)

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Madagascar 2004. Red Tsingy of Irodo.

Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve comprises karstic landscapes and limestone uplands cut into impressive 'tsingy' peaks and a 'forest' of limestone needles, the spectacular canyon of the Manambolo river, rolling hills and high peaks. 

The undisturbed forests, lakes and mangrove swamps are the habitat for rare and endangered lemurs and birds. 

  • Madagascar 2004. Red Tsingy of Irodo. From a series of six stamps describing scenic views of Madagascar.  

Lemurs are primates, an order that includes monkeys, apes and humans. There are approximately 32 different types of lemurs in existence today, all of which are endemic to Madagascar. 

Madagascar 2002. Ring-tailed Lemur. Madagascar 2003. Lemur. Note that this stamp also comes as a low value stamp of 2,500 Fmg. Madagascar 2004. Ostriches and Lemur.

In order to understand the differences between lemurs and other primates, it helps to go down a level. Primates can be broken into two suborders: anthropoids and prosimians. Monkeys, apes and humans are anthropoids. Lemurs are prosimians. Other prosimians include galgoes (bushbabies) found in Africa, lorises found in Asia, and tarsiers found in Borneo and the Philippines. Unlike all other primates, prosimians have moist noses and rely on their sense of smell to determine what is safe to eat and to distinguish between individuals in their social groups. In prosimian species, females play the dominant role. They get the best food choices in the wild, defend the group and choose with whom they mate. 

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Other World Heritage sites on Madagascar (on this web site). Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, Madagascar Section, for further information about the individual properties. 

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