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Lemurs of the Lost World: Exploring the forests and Crocodile Caves of Madagascar
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Author: Jane Wilson-Howarth.
ISBN-10: 0-245-60045-0 (0245600450)
ISBN-13: 978-0-245-60045-6 (9780245600456)
Language: English
No. of Pages: 216 + 8 colour plates
Dimensions: 130mm x 198mm x 18mm

Item Identification Code (UID#): 320
Shelving Location: Travel
Estimated Value: £6.00
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Lemurs of the Lost World

Exploring the forests and Crocodile Caves of Madagascar

First Edition
(Travellers' Tales)
Impact Books (1990).
Softcover Book

A travelogue describing the adventures of a 1986 British scientific expedition to Ankarana, northern Madagascar.

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Rising 600 ft from the dry savannahs of northern Madagascar, the Ankàrana Massif hides its zoological riches behind a fortress of unclimbable cliffs, vicious limestone pinnacles and ferocious thorny shrubs. Entering this Lost World through 60 miles of caves and along deep forested canyons, Jane Wilson found not dinosaurs but other gentler ecological curiosities: a wealth of lemurs, strange endemic birds, chamaeleons, blind fish and much more. Ankarana has its guardians too, twenty-foot long crocodiles live in the subterranean rivers and six-inch hairy spiders, lethal scorpions and huge venomous centipedes patrol the sunken forests. Interspersed with descriptions of the entertaining lemurs come accounts of the hardships, disappointments, dangers and excitements of exploring the Crocodile Caves and the isolated forests, providing a glimpse of the realities of ecological fieldwork, conservation dilemmas, the personalities of the team, the Antankarana locals and their strange rituals.


  • 1. Return to the Great Red Island
  • 2. Indri – the Man-dog?
  • 3. City of the Thousand
  • 4. How many Coconuts?
  • 5. The One-eyed Abyssinian
  • 6. Amongst the Pinnacles
  • 7. Royal Clinic and Turning Bodies
  • 8. Caves, Chamaeleons and Leaping Lemurs
  • 9. Cave of the Broad-nosed Gentle-lemur
  • 10. Snow-white Lemurs of the Spiny Desert
  • 11. Ranomafana Rainforest
  • 12. Cave Crocodiles and Trident Bats
  • 13. The Cave Waterhole
  • 14. The Bamboo Jungle
  • 15. A Sting in the Tail
  • Postscript
  • Appendices
    • 1. Classification of Ankàrana's lemurs
    • 2. List of members of the 1986 and 1981 expeditions
    • 3. Selected bibliography
    • 4. Scientific publications resulting from the expeditions
    • 5. Glossary
    • 6. Acknowledgements

Condition of Item

Very Good. Minor creasing to spine.

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