Boophis elenae © Franco Andreone
Ranomafana is located in the Fianarantsoa Province of southeastern Madagascar, about a 10-hour drive from Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar.
Ranomafana hosts one of the most famous National Parks in all Madagascar, encompassing 41,600 hectares of the former continuous eastern rainforest belt. Lying on the edge of Madagascar’s High Plateau is very mountainous, with elevations ranging from 500 meters to 1,500 meters. The range of altitudes allows for many different forest types, from lowland rainforest to cloud forest and high plateau forest. It hosts a few lentic water bodies and a large number of different types of streams that are used by frogs for reproduction. Around 110 species are known to inhabit Ranomafana National Park, making this area one of the most important for amphibian biodiversity in Madagascar.
By Angelica Crotyinni