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Geography of Madagascar's National Parks

Learn About Madagascar's National Parks

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Like most of the world's countries, Madagascar features many different national parks and nature and wildlife reserves that preserve areas of biodiversity, natural beauty and historic significance throughout the country. These lands are managed by the Madagascar National Parks Association to protect the thousands of endemic endangered species that call Madagascar home. Madagascar is home to 5% of the world's species, most of which live only on Madagascar. In addition, some of Madagascar's national parks are considered UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Six of these sites are grouped under the title Rainforests of the Atsinanana.

The following is a list of Madagascar's national parks in alphabetical order. The park's location and area have been included for reference and those with an asterisk (*) are also considered World Heritage Sites.

1) Amber Mountain National Park
• Location: Northern Madagascar
• Area: 70 square miles (182 sq km)

2) Andohahela National Park*
• Location: Southern Madagascar
• Area: 293 square miles (760 sq km)

3) Andringitra National Park*
• Location: Southeastern Madagascar
• Area: 12,030 square miles (31,160 sq km)

4) Ankarafantsika National Park
• Location: Northwestern Madagascar
• Area: 50,203 square miles (130,026 sq km)

5) Baie de Baly National Park
• Location: Northwestern Madagascar
• Area: 220 square miles (571 sq km)

6) Bemaraha National Park*
Note: Not a part of the Rainforests of the Atsinanana
• Location: Central Madagascar
• Area: 608 square miles (1,577 sq km)

7) Isalo National Park
• Location: Southwestern Madagascar
• Area: 314 square miles (815 sq km)

8) Kirindy Mitea National Park
• Location: Southern Madagascar
• Area: 278 square miles (722 sq km)

9) Mantadia National Park
• Location: Eastern Madagascar
• Area: 60 square miles (155 sq km)

10) Marojejy National Park*
• Location: Northeastern Madagascar
• Area: 231 square miles (600 sq km)

11) Masoala National Park*
• Location: Northeastern Madagascar
• Area: 926 square miles (2,400 sq km)

12) Midongy du sud National Park
• Location: Southeastern Madagascar
• Area: 741 square miles (1,921 sq km)

13) Ranomafana National Park*
• Location: Southeastern Madagascar
• Area: 160 square miles (416 sq km)

14) Sahamalaza National Park
• Location: Northwestern Madagascar
• Area: Unknown

15) Tsimanampetsotse National Park
• Location: Southwestern Madagascar
• Area: 167 square miles (432 sq km)

16) Zahamena National Park*
• Location: Eastern Madagascar
• Area: 248 square miles (643 sq km)

17) Zombitse-Vohibasia National Park
• Location: Southwestern Madagascar
• Area: 127 square miles (330 sq km)

To learn more about Madagascar's National Parks, visit the official Madagascar National Parks website.

References

Madagascar National Parks. (n.d.). Madagascar National Parks - One Association, One Mission. Retrieved from: http://www.parcs-madagascar.com/madagascar-national-parks_en.php?Navigation=25

Wikipedia. (7 April 2010). List of National Parks of Madagascar. Retrieved from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_parks_of_Madagascar

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