Anjanaharibe Classified Forest

Country/territory: Madagascar

IBA criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (1999)
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Area: 7,500 ha

Asity Madagascar

Site description (2001 baseline)
This forest lies 32 km north-west of Maroantsetra, north-east of Andaparaty-Ambinanitelo. The terrain is undulating, with steep slopes and high peaks making access difficult. Three main rivers, permanent and turbid, flow to the south-west of Anjanaharibe peak: the Ambalanirana, Antsahabe and Longozabe. The Ambalanirana river is a tributary of the Sahantaha river. Low- and mid-altitude, dense, humid evergreen forest covers the site, and is dominated by Weinmannia, Canarium and Dalbergia. Areas of previous slash-and-burn cultivation are overgrown by secondary thicket, dominated by Harungana trees, traveller’s palm Ravenala and wild ginger Aframomum.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. Seventy-one species are known from the site, of which 37 are endemic to Madagascar.

Non-bird biodiversity: Lemur: Varecia variegata rubra (CR).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Anjanaharibe Classified Forest. Downloaded from on 29/02/2024.