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Here we would like to present which expeditions we will undertake in Madagascar next year to find animals, take photos and collect further data. And of course you can have a look which chameleon species can be found on our expeditions. If you would like to join us and experience Madagascar and its chameleons face to face, you are welcome to contact us. And don’t worry – our accommodations are perfectly normal and a cold beer is always waiting for us when we come back from the forest. For the first time in 2019 there will also be the possibility that chameleon friends will be able to accompany us for shorter periods of time.


Herpeto Research Expedition Teil I – Island of dragons

When: 30th March – 21st April 2020
(three weeks)
maximum of 10 participants

Our second major expedition in 2019 takes us to Ranomafana rainforest. There we visit the yellow lips of the Parson’s Chameleons and are enchanted by an abundance of animals. During the day we explore the fantastic rainforest and when it gets dark we search for Palleon nasus, Calumma oshaughnessyi and Calumma fallax with torches at the edge of the forest. Second destination are the foothills of the southern highlands in Ambalavao. Here you can see not only Madagascar’s largest zebu market and the country’s mascots, the ring-tailed lemurs, but also Furcifer major and Brookesia brunoi. On the way back to the capital we stop in a small area where we have already successfully found Furcifer campani several times. Maybe we can also check a secret spot where lucky people may find Furcifer minor. Our way leads us into the rainforest of Anjozorobe, where we reside with a view into the rainforest. In spring you will find numerous Calumma gastrotaenia and for sure Brookesia thieli. Calumma crypticum appears here a third time on our journey – and each of the populations found looks a little different. Next we visit the eastern highlands with the rainforests of Andasibe and Vohimana. In Andasibe we will wake up with the sound of the largest lemur alive in our ears, the famous Indri. In the rainforest you can also find the second subspecies of the parsons chameleon, Calumma parsonii cristifer, and many other fascinating species. We also head to Vohimana to see the yellow giants. Afterwards we go to a private reserve on the east coast, where orange eyes and some panther chameleons live. Here we celebrate the end of our expedition with vanilla rum and coconut punch, and let the soul relax.


Calumma parsonii parsonii

We will meet orange eyes, yellow lips and yellow giants.

Calumma parsonii cristifer

In Andasibe, we will surely find juveniles of this species, too.

Furcifer balteatus

A species we will watch in Ranomafana for sure.

Calumma oshaughnessyi

A beautiful chameleon species also living in Ranomafana.


Calumma nasutum

We will see lot of specimen from nasutum clade.

Furcifer campani

We would be lucky to find these little jewels in a secret place.

Brookesia brunoi

“Lord helmet” can be discovered in Ambalavao.

Calumma crypticum

These blue-legged fellows can be found in Ranomafana and Anjozorobe.


Brookesia thieli

This leaf chameleons lives in the ferns of Anjozorobe.

Furcifer major

We might find this species at the edge of the highlands.

Calumma brevicorne

In Andasibe this species is really easy to find.

Furcifer lateralis

We will meet carpet chameleons everywhere in the highlands.


Furcifer bifidus

These beautiful chameleons can be discovered in Vohimana.

Calumma glawi

This small chameleon lives in Ranomafana.

Palleon nasus

If we’re lucky we will also find this rare rainforest inhabitant.

Furcifer willsii

A small and quick chameleon from Andasibe.


Furcifer minor

We’ve found these beauties in very unusual places last year.

Calumma gallus

Of course we will also find these small ones with the big noses.

Brookesia superciliaris

A common leaf chameleon in Andasibe und Ranomfana.

Furcifer pardalis

We will meet locale Ampitabe on our trip.


Calumma globifer

Anjozorobe is the right place to find these beauties.

Calumma fallax

This species lives in Ranomafana and is rather hard to find.

Calumma gastrotaenia

You can find lots of juveniles of this species in Anjozorobe.

Furcifer oustaleti

We will not miss Madagascar’s most common chameleon.



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