Mananara-North Biosphere Reserve

Country/territory: Madagascar

IBA criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (1999)
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Area: 25,594 ha

Asity Madagascar
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2017 unfavourable high low
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Site description (2001 baseline)
Mananara-North National Park lies 225 km north of Toamasina, situated in an area of coastal hills. The park includes a marine area. Shallow, clear, fast-flowing rivers flow through the area eastwards to the coast. The rivers have many sandbanks and a few islets. The park is covered in forest. On the sandy coastal plain, littoral forest is dominated by Terminalia, Calophyllum, Canarium, Heritiera and mangroves of Rhizophora and Avicennia. Inland, there is low-altitude, dense, humid evergreen forest with a canopy 30–35 m high, and emergents up to 40 m. Secondary grassland is found in some parts.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species. Eighty-two species are known from the site, of which 37 are endemic to Madagascar. Knowledge of the park’s avifauna is still scanty, as the results of recent inventories are not yet available.

Non-bird biodiversity: Lemurs: Allocebus trichotis (CR), Varecia variegata (EN), Indri indri (EN), Propithecus diadema diadema (EN), Daubentonia madagascariensis (EN). Carnivores: Galidictis fasciata (VU), Fossa fossana (VU), Salanoia concolor (VU), Eupleres goudotii (EN), Cryptoprocta ferox (VU).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Mananara-North Biosphere Reserve. Downloaded from on 01/03/2024.