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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 there will also be the possibility that chameleon friends will be able to accompany us for shorter periods of time. Our trips to Madagascar are conducted by Tanalahorizon. Tanalahorizon has 25 years travel and chameleon experience on the island, so you are in the very best hands.

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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 roaloko

We will try to refind this chameleon only discovered in 2018!

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.


Return to the island of dragons

Zeitraum: 11th March – 31st March 2021
(three weeks)
maximum 10 participants

In spring 2021 we will return to the north of Madagascar. This trip is dedicated to the many different local forms of the panther chameleons and other chameleons of the northwest. Our first destination is the dry forest of Ankarafantsika, where we meet the small, colorful Furcifer rhinoceratus and the hard to find leaf chameleon Brookesia decaryi. On our way further north we will discover Furcifer viridis in the bushes until we can finally admire the first local forms of the panther chameleons: We visit animals of the local forms Ankaramy, Ambanja, Beramanja and Djangoa in their natural habitat. For relaxation we will go to the beach of Ankify and for snorkeling with sea turtles to the dream island Nosy Tanikely. Then we continue to Ambilobe. Near the big city the most colorful local form of the Panther chameleons is native – we spend a whole day tracking down and photographing these chameleons. In the national park Ankarana with its longest subterranean cave system in Africa we get to know crowned lemurs and leaf-tailed geckos before we head to our last destination. The Amber Mountain is a true chameleon paradise. In the middle of this enchanting rainforest we pitch our tents. From the gentle giants of the forest, Calumma ambreense, to rarer species like Furcifer timoni or Brookesia ebenaui we will see countless animals on our walks in the forest. Our journey will finally end in the bay of Diego Suarez, where we can relax and exchange memories at the pool and review the journey.

Furcifer rhinoceratus

We will see males and females of this species during this trip.

Brookesia decaryi

Finding this earth chameleon is a little challenge.

Furcifer viridis

These beautiful animals can be found along the way.

Lokalform Ankaramy

These great rust red panther chameleons are easy to discover


Lokalform Djangoa

Djangoahely is the home of this colourful local form.

Lokalform Ambanja

In cocoa plantations there are especially colorful animals.

Lokalform Ankify

Not far from the beach there are great panther chameleons to discover.

Lokalform Nosy Tanikely

A dream island with dreamlike panther chameleons.


Lokalform Ambilobe

We will visit the most colorful panther chameleons of Madagascar..

Lokalform Ankarana Ost

To find these animals in the dry forest, you need some luck..

Brookesia stumpffi

They almost always hide in dense foliage.

Furcifer petteri

We meet these animals on the way to the Amber Mountain.


Brookesia ebenaui

A leaf chameleon from the rainforest of Amber Mountain.

Furcifer timoni

A colourful species of Amber Mountain national park.

Calumma ambreense

The gentle giants of the Montagne d’Ambre are always easy to find.

Brookesia tuberculata

Tiny ones smaller than a thumb.


Calumma amber

These animals wear occipital lobes, which they spread when threatened.

Brookesia antakarana

A common leaf chameleon in Amber Mountain.

Calumma linotum

This species is often found in pairs.

Lokalform Diego Suarez

Another local form of panther chameleons can be found at the northernmost tip of the island..


Lokalform Beramanja

A rather unknown local form, which one finds in a small place.

Furcifer lateralis

In the highlands around Antananarivo you can find this chameleon species.

Furcifer angeli

With much luck one discovers this kind in Ankarafantsika.

Furcifer oustaleti

Of course, Madagascar’s most common chameleon must not be missing.

Call of the jungle

Zeitraum: 28th March – 17th April 2021
(three weeks)
maximum 10 participants

The second highlight in 2021 will be a chameleon trip through five different rainforests and dry forests in Madagascar. This trip is mainly about very rare animals, rediscoveries and new discoveries.

Our journey starts in the rainforest of Anjozorobe, only about 90 km north of Antananarivo. Here there is only one lodge where we reside with a view into the jungle. During the day we search for Calumma globifer and the leaf chameleon Brookesia thieli, who live here next to black Indris and Diademed sifakas. At night we experience the forest from its magical side and visit the “kindergardens” of Calumma gastrotaenia equipped with flashlights. Next, we head east into the famous rainforest of Andasibe. Here we mainly visit small, less visited protected areas, which are not even noticed by the majority of the travelers. But there are very special animals to be found in these unnoticed forests: Calumma malthe, Calumma furcifer and the only 2018 discovered Calumma roaloko are waiting for us and want to be discovered in the dense jungle. Of course we also experience the gentle giants of Madagascar, Calumma parsonii cristifer, in their natural habitat. For relaxation, we go by boat to the Canal des Pangalanes to visit a small paradise at the lake Ampitabe. The “nest of dreams” is not only equipped with many lovely people and very close coming lemurs, it is also the home of a particularly beautiful local form of panther chameleons and a still undescribed species of leaf chameleons. In the immediate vicinity is the Vohibola Reserve, where the eponymous Calumma vohibola lives.

On the second part of the journey we set off on the long journey through the highlands of Madagascar to the west of the country. In the dry forest of Ankarafantsika we experience Furcifer rhinoceratus and Furcifer oustaleti as we get used to the heat of the west. Then we continue to the coastal town of Mahajanga. Our goal are largely unexplored forests, where the extremely rare >em> Furcifer angeli >/em> lives. Well, also Crowned Sifakas, we don’t only want to photograph reptiles. We are also looking for a recently rediscovered, very special chameleon: Furcifer voeltzkowii. It was considered extinct for decades! Fortunately, we know exactly the best spots to find these chameleon species. We are already looking forward to this great voyage of discovery.


Furcifer rhinoceratus

We will see males and females of this species.

Brookesia decaryi

Finding this leaf chameleon is a little challenge.

Calumma globifer

These animals live in the rainforest of Anjozorobe.

Calumma crypticum

We find a very beautiful variant of this species directly near our lodge.


Calumma gastrotaenia

These small fellows are numerous in Anjozorobe.

Brookesia thieli

These leaf chameleons can often be found between ferns.

Calumma parsonii cristifer

These great chameleons are waiting for us in Andasibe.

Calumma brevicorne

This common species can be found every year again.


Furcifer bifidus

The females of this species are especially beautiful during pregnancy.

Calumma gallus

Finding these animals in the rainforest takes a little luck.

Yellow giants

This colour variation of Calumma p. parsonii can be found in Vohimana.

Lokalform Manambato

These colorful panther chameleons live by the lake of kings..


Brookesia superciliaris

This leaf chameleon lives around Andasibe in the woods..

Brookesia therezieni

This leaf chameleon can sometimes be discovered in Vohimana.

Calumma malthe

A beautiful species from a small sanctuary near Andasibe.

Calumma furcifer

That species takes a lot of luck to find.


Calumma roaloko

A recently described species whose habitat we know well.

Orange eyes

This color variant of Calumma p. parsonii lives at the east coast.

Calumma cucullatum

Finding this way is also a small challenge.

Furcifer angeli

From this beautiful species we will see some animals.


Lokalform Ampitabe

A rather unknown local form of panther chameleons from lake Ampitabe.

Furcifer voeltzkowii

Our personal highlight: The rediscovery of this rare species.

Furcifer willsii

A beautiful, small and bright green colored chameleon species.

Furcifer oustaleti

Of course, Madagascar’s most common chameleon must not be missing.


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