Aye Aye at Palmarium Reserve


Does anyone have experience of Palmarium Reserve, as it has been recommended to me as a good spot to find Aye Aye, but I always thought that the lemurs there were basically tame and that it was not a real reserve as such. Is this the case or, as has been suggested, are there wild Aye Ayes sharing the reserve with the other tame species?

I already intend to visit Daraina and Farankaraina to look for the Aye Aye, but can easily add Palmarium if it makes sense.

Any help would be greatly appreciated as always.


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9 Comments on “Aye Aye at Palmarium Reserve”

  1. vnsankar123 Says:

    Didn’t really know much about the place, but looked for more info. Seems there are Indri, Red-ruffed, and Black-and-white Ruffed lemurs in one place, which means these are certainly tame/introduced.

    Regarding Aye-aye, they were apparently ‘reintroduced’ onto some island near the lodge (it is on a lake I believe). Apparently they come to bait stations. At any rate, there seems to be a ridiculously high density of them in a 50 ha patch of forest, so I highly doubt that they are wild.

  2. jasonwoolgar Says:

    Yes, I was fairly certain that the other species were tame and am even more so now that I have seen some photographs. However, I was not sure about the reintroduced Aye Aye, which I was told were living naturally on the island, as per so many reintroduced species on various reserves across Africa. I must admit, judging by how difficult they are to find elsewhere, this does look too good to be true, but I will be fairly close to the area and might visit just to see for myself. Thanks for the information and I will let you all know how I get on.


  3. mauricetijm Says:

    Dear Jason,

    I friend of mine travelled to Nosy Mangabe to see the Aye Aye and had a good experience there. He saw one shy Aye Aye emerging from a nest, doing some quick foraging and retreating back in his nest. A local guide brought him and two fellow travellers to the Island. More on this location: http://news.mongabay.com/2005/0417d-rhett_butler.html. I am not familiar with other locations, travel distances etcetera but considered this worth posting. Have a great time mammal watching.

  4. jasonwoolgar Says:

    Thank you very much for that, I am actually going to Nosy Mangabe, as well as Daraina and Farankaraina, but have decided to skip Palmarium, as the reserve looks more like a zoo and is not really my thing. The trip has already grown from 22 days to around 30, so I am giving myself a reasonable chance of seeing the Aye Aye and a number of other unique species. Thanks again and I will let everyone know how I get on.


    • Wytze Says:

      Dear Jason,

      I went to Madagascar last year and saw the aye-aye on a small island near Mananara. It is a small island where the guide will wait as long as it takes to see the aye-aye. They live in small houses that they built themselves and during twilight they come out to eat. The aye-aye is not tame and will run away as you following him (the guides are just running after him and after a while he will retreat to his nest). At Nosy Mangabe you can’t see the aye-aye and the red-ruffed lemur but you can see the Black-and-white Ruffed lemur and if you’re lucky also the brookesia (I haven’t seen it).


  5. mikehoit Says:

    Hi Jason
    I saw this post a bit late so hopefully you haven’t left yet – I’ve just left a new post on the forum regarding Aye-aye in NE Madagascar which may be useful.

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