7 amazing animals unique to Madagascar

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Africa is a continent where wildlife knows no bounds. Herds of elephants roaming free, prides of lions stalking their prey, and cheetahs racing through the Savannah. Unlike the rest of Africa, you won’t run into zebras or giraffes in Madagascar. Here in the 8th continent, you’ll find lemurs, chameleons, and other iconic wildlife unlike anywhere else in the world. In fact, 70% of the animal species found in this country are not found anywhere else on Earth, making it a truly unique adventure. Here’s our list of some of the most unique animals you’re sure to encounter on a trip to Madagascar.


Despite its cat-like appearance, this animal is actually the largest of the Mongoose family. These sleek predators can weigh as much as 26 pounds and generally grow up to six feet long. With retractable claws and sharp teeth, the fossa easily dominates the forests of Madagascar. Its favorite prey is the lemur, but as the island’s largest mammal, it will take on any challenger.

Malagasy Leaf-nosed Snakes

Malagasy leaf-nosed snakes are easily identified by the flat, leaf-shaped heads, and can grow up to three feet long. While they are not deadly to humans, these oddly shaped reptiles enjoy taking down lizards and other small animals for their main meal.

Bonus fun fact: Scientists are still unsure as to the evolutionary purpose of this snake’s unique shape!

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