The Story

Who we are

We are Thorsten, Alex and Dimby.

We’re the team of!

Thorsten is educated master of photography and chief of Tanalahorizon, the travel agency for Madagascar expeditions. Thorsten’s nickname is Tanala (Malagasy for chameleon). He founded together with a friend. Alex is veterinarian with foible for reptiles, especially chameleons, and wrote her doctoral thesis about panther chameleons. That’s why she and Thorsten have been to Madagascar on a regular term to photograph and collect data. Alex soon joined and expanded and updated the website. Finally, Dimby joined the team and the love for chameleons via Tanalahorizon, too. He is tour coordinator and national guide. There are few people in Madagascar with so much experience and skills concerning the colourful lizards of the island. Additionally, he’s always looking for unknown habitats of rare species.

Our aims

Our aim is to collect as much data about Malagasy chameleons and Madagascar’s climate as possible. This all is an absolute non-profit-project we’re caring for in our free time. None of us earns any money by sharing self-collected data, information and pictures via the world wide web. With we want to build a platform as encyclopedia for ourselves, other chameleon keepers, breeders and people interested in chameleons in general. Finally this shall lead to higher awareness for species conservation in Madagascar. Of course this is just the beginning, and despite a lot of pictures and information there is still a lot to do.

Locales of panther chameleons

This is how it all began. There are so many myths and legends outside Madagascar about all the different locales of panther chameleons. We want to help you finding the truth and learning about the local facts. Where occur which colours, where are natural barriers, and which locales are simply artificial names of smart vendors? And may there be some locations from where you’re not allowed to take a chameleon at all?

Documentation of chameleon species

Many chameleon species of Madagascar are relatively unknown, or at least even most chameleon keepers only know a hand full of species. But Madagascar is a treasure chest of unique chameleon species that are all worth protecting. Some species developed amazing colour variations that we document photographically. We want to show you this diversity and make sure everyone knows there is more than panther chameleons and Parson‘s.

Climate and UVB data

The goal of keeping chameleons in captivity is to bring a piece of nature in our living rooms. To make this piece of nature imitate the natural habitat at its best, we collect temperature, humidity and uvb indices. During the last years, we could install climate stations in some places to gain data directly from the chameleons’ habitats. Many data you find on the internet come from climate stations that are placed near to big cities instead.

Incubation data

A big problem for many species in captivity: You made a rare species successfully mate and lay eggs, but nobody knows about incubation. That’s why we collect soil temperatures close to digging females in spring in Madagascar. Depending on habitat – island, highland rainforest or even spiny forest – soil temperatures can vary from the environmental temperature a lot.

Body length and weight

As far it is possible and ok for the animals, we collect weight and length data of different chameleon species. Not every animal is easy to weigh, but especially species common in captivity are usually easy to handle in wilderness, too. We hope to get some curves with average normal weights later on.

Habitat pictures

Few chameleon keepers have been to Madagascar yet. Accordingly, they often lack any imagination of a chameleon’s habitat – and Madagascar has almost any habitat you can imagine from desert-like areas to evergreen rainforests. We take pictures of typical habitats and try to get 360°-views.

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