The Ankoatsifaka Research Station is situated within the area of the park that is mostly dry, deciduous forest. Canopy trees are 4 to 7 m tall and emergent trees are up to 18 m tall. Common emergent trees include baobobs (Adansonia rubrostipa and A. grandidieri) and arofy (Commiphora spp.). Anakaraky (Cordyla madagascariensis ) are also present but less common. Multiple species of Fabaceae, including at least four species of Dalbergia, are present, some of which are quite common. Hazomalagnia (Hazomalania voyroni) is also found within the park.


Kirindy Mitea forest at the Ankoatsifaka Research Station. Photo Credit: Rebecca Lewis


Baobob tree. photo credit: Rebecca Lewis



Sifaka feeding on Commiphora sp. fruit. photo credit: Rebecca Lewis








Cordyla madagascariensis, photo credit: Rebecca Lewis

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Cordyla madagascariensis, photo credit: Rebecca Lewis

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While tamarind trees (Tamarindus indica) are found in some parts of the park, none are located in or around the Ankoatsifaka Research Station. Common trees include manjakabetany (Baudouinia fluggeiformis), metampototse (Diospyros perrieri), and hazomby (Strychnos sp.).



Manjakabetany, photo credit: Rebecca Lewis


Parts of the forest are dominated by acacia. photo credit: Rebecca Lewis

















There are orchids, acacia, and the characteristic spiny desert plants in Didiereaceae and Euphorbiaceae.


Sifaka eating Euphorbia. photo credit: Rebecca Lewis


Orchid growing in the dry forest of Kirindy Mitea National Park. photo credit: Rebecca Lewis


As a part of the Sifaka Research Project, over 12,000 trees and vines have been marked, identified, and mapped within the study area. A list of tree species found in the study area is available to researchers.



photo credit: Rebecca Lewis


photo credit: Rebecca Lewis