Madagascar dry deciduous forests

WWF Abstract

Grasslands, forests, wetlands, lakes, and cragged limestone formations form a rich mosaic of habitats in this ecoregion, which houses many endangered and endemic species. Patches of primary dry deciduous forests alternate with secondary forests and relatively sterile secondary grasslands--the result of frequent fires in the region, largely set by humans to clear the land for agriculture. The Manambolomaty lake complex and surrounding forest provides critical habitat for a rare species of spur tortoise as well as for many species of fish and birds. Dotting the landscape are bottle-shaped baobab trees, whose bulging trunks hold stores of water for the dry season.
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Ecozone:Afrotropic
Biome:Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
Countries:Madagascar
Area:37,375,999 acres (15,125,530 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
Climate:View Climate Data
Land Use:View Land Use Data

Protected Areas

La Réserve Naturelle Intégrale d' Ankarafantsika National Park
Parc National de la Montagne d'Ambre National Park
Réserve Spéciale Ankarana Special Reserve
Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER