Parc national Tsimanampesotse

 Baobabs on escarpment, Lac Tsimanamsotsa, eastern shore.
 View west across Lac Tsimanamsotsa from escarpment.
West shore Lac Tsimanampetsotsa, looking south.
Baobabs on escarpment, Lac Tsimanamsotsa, eastern shore.
Fig on rim of garotte, Lac Tsimanamsotsa.
Malahafy tomb with zebu skulls, Lac Tsimanamsotsa.
View east across Lac Tsimanamsotsa, north end.
View east across salicornia, Lac Tsimanamsotsa, north end.
View south along west shore, Lac Tsimanamsotsa.
View southwest across Lac Tsimanamsotsa from escarpment.
View west across Lac Tsimanamsotsa from escarpment.

Parc national Tsimanampesotse

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  • Area: 
    203,740 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    24°22'S 43°58'E
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Located in south-west Madagascar, Tsimanampesotse is a unique natural reserve characterized by a shallow alkaline salty lake with open waters and mudflats surrounded by halophytic plants which support large breeding colonies of the vulnerable Madagascan grebe (Tachybaptus pelzelnii). About 90% of the Site’s flora and fauna are endemic. Huge baobabs and banyan trees and dense xerophilous thickets cover the calcareous plateau inside the park and offer ideal habitat for sizeable populations of migratory shorebirds, notably the greater and lesser flamingos which are the main attractions in the area. Aside from birds, globally threatened mammals such as the ring-tailed lemur, Verreaux´s sifaka, and white-footed sportive lemur also inhabit the Site. Bats, birds, snakes and the emblematic blind fish (Typhleotris madagascariensis) are all supported by its underground networks of streams and limestone cave systems. The spiritual and historical ties between the park and its communities testify to its strong cultural importance as well as its natural beauty.

Administrative region: 
Province de Toliara

  • National legal designation: 
    • Parc National - Parc national Tsimanampesotse
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