On September 23, we drove for about 1 1/2 hours over a rough dirt road from Vakona Lodge to Mantadia National Park, a tropical rain forest area (though this was the dry season). Click photos to enlarge them.
The vegetation was lush:
We saw a red-bellied lemur with a beautiful chestnut coat,
a troupe of diademed sifakas, including a mother with a baby,
and a black and white ruffed lemur.
We also encountered some other striking animals, including a pygmy kingfisher,
a small but beauriful butterfly,
and a green gecko on a fence-post.
It's often harder to find (and certainly harder to photograph) animals in the wild than in a zoo or private reserve, but it's also more exciting and rewarding.