Madgascar Wildlife

Publication Date:  04th Aug 2023

£18.99 £17.09

Madagascar wildlife and travel guide. Introduction to the island’s unique wildlife covering mammals, birds, chameleons, snakes, frogs and invertebrates, plus chapters on camouflage and nocturnal nature. Features wildlife hotspots in rainforests, dry forests and wetlands, including Masoala, Ranomafana, Ankarana, Isalo, Ifaty and the Betsiboka Delta.

About this book

This new, fifth edition of Bradt’s Madagascar Wildlife celebrates the unique fauna of this remarkable Indian Ocean island. Written by Madagascar experts for visitors and natural-history enthusiasts alike, this guide has been thoroughly updated to reflect both the latest discoveries – on an island where new species for science are continuously discovered – and recent developments at leading wildlife-tourism locations.

About the Author

Nick Garbutt ( is a well-known authority on Madagascar’s wildlife. He first visited the island in 1991, backpacking for a month and visiting four parks. He has returned most years since and in doing so has travelled the length and breadth of the island, repeatedly visiting all the major national parks and reserves, and many remote regions. He has seen the majority of the island’s lemurs and other mammals in the wild, as well as a very high proportion of the other endemic fauna – a claim few can make. A tour-leader, lecturer and award-winning photographer, Garbutt has written three books about Madagascar mammals and reptiles, as well as Bradt’s 100 Animals to See Before They Die. He is also a regular contributor of articles and images to publications including National Geographic and BBC Wildlife.

Daniel Austin ( is a naturalist, photographer and researcher of all things Malagasy. His fascination with this extraordinary island has spanned his entire adult life and extends far beyond its flora and fauna to its geography, its history, its people and their culture. He is lead author of Bradt’s award-winning Madagascar travel guidebook in addition to this wildlife guide, and regularly leads small-group tours of the country. Daniel also gives occasional lectures on Madagascar (including to the Royal Geographical Society and Oxford University), is secretary of the Anglo-Malagasy Society (which holds regular events to raise the island’s profile) and curates the Madagascar Library, an archive of over 7,000 books, maps and documents on all aspects of the country.

Additional Information

Table of Contents

Technical terms, Classification
Habitats and Wildlife Hotspots
Rainforest (Montagne d’Ambre, Marojejy, Masoala, Nosy Mangabe, Anjozorobe, Andasibe-Mantadia, Ranomafana)
Deciduous Forests/Seasonally Dry Forests (Ankarana, Daraina, Anjajavy, Sahamalaza-Iles Radama, Ankarafantsika, Bemaraha, Kirindy, Zombitse)
The Southern Region (Andringitra, Isalo, Anja, Ifaty, Tsimanampetsotsa, Andohahela, Berenty and Ifotaka)
Threatened Wetlands (Betsiboka Delta, Lac Kinkony and the Mahavavy Delta)
Lemurs, Malagasy carnivores, Tenrecs, Rodents, Bats, Whales and whale-watching
Primitive parrots, The birds and the beaks (vanga beaks), Back from the brink, Rhapsody in blue
Reptiles and Frogs
Chameleons, Geckos, Other lizards, Snakes, Tortoises and turtles, Frogs
In hiding, Out of hiding, Millipedes, Spiders, Other land invertebrates, Conservation issues
Madagascar at Night
From dusk to dawn
Safety matches
Further Information