We had an early start on Wednesday in order to have the best chance of seeing the largest of the lemurs— the Indri.
We arrived at the Visitor Center at the Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, and set out with two seasoned guides.
The Indri usually perch on the highest branches, and often flee at the approach of humans, so we were fortunate indeed to see several troops of Indri.
Best of all, we got to hear as well as see the Indri, as they warned each other— perhaps about us, or perhaps about other animals' encroaching on their territory:
And here's a quieter video:
Later, we encountered several sifakas as well.
And two other interesting species—
A crab spider . . .
. . . and a chameleon.
Afterward, we returned to Vakôna Lodge, only to discover that we were being displaced by new arrivals, and would have to find new accommodations.
One that was recommended as "just as good as Vakôna," didn't seem that way to us.
Fortunately, Todd knew of another possibility, and Feon'ny Ala turned out to be all right.
I met another traveler there, a French photographer from the nearby island of Réunion commissioned to take pictures of the insects, birds, and lemurs of Madagascar.
While we were talking, a ring-tailed lemur from just across the river in Andasibe National Park made its way into Feon'ny Ala's property, climbing a short wooden fence along the road and exploring an sheltered outdoor dining area.
Unfortunately, my camera was elsewhere, so you'll just have to imagine it.
To Be Continued!