Topic: "Madagascar's Photogenic Wildlife" with Doug Cheeseman
Description: Madagascar has some of the highest biodiversity on Earth and some of the most cooperative and photographical endemics, especially among the mammals, that you can find anywhere on the planet! It’s a wildlife photographer’s paradise with so many species of lemurs, birds, chameleons and other reptiles, even charming colorful insects. Each geographic area is unique with a different set of wildlife, some with closest relatives from Africa and some from the South Pacific, South America, and elsewhere.
Gail and I began taking groups to Madagascar in 1990 when lodging was nonexistent in some of the best wildlife hotspots and vehicles hardly had rubber on the tires. The changes are amazing with lovely lodges and excellent cars now on our trip last Aug/Sept. Over the years with tourism, protected wildlife became habituated to people in the parks and reserves. Excellent resident guides (thanks to the successful naturalist training programs) are readily available, which makes for good photo ops just knowing what will be where when. The Perinet area (Andasibe-Mantadia NP) alone has over 100 resident guides. I have gathered photos mostly from our most recent trip taken by myself and my generous fellow travelers who have contributed to this presentation. I’ll cover a wide range of wildlife from Perinet and Masoala in rainforest habitat to Ampijoroa (Ankarafantsika NP) in deciduous forests to Ifaty and Breathy in the southern spiny desert regions.
See the Bay Area Bird Photographers page for more information.