Fosiah   We met this young girl, waiting eagerly for her brothers to arrive from school, behind a wire fence in the village of Ranomafana.
       
     
  Waiting   A large wire fence separated these schoolchildren from the bus that would take them home.
       
     
  Jérome   Wire fences, empty bottles, metal bins and skips make up much of young Jerome’s world as he grows up along the village streets of Ranomafana.
       
     
  Ezekiel and Sanna   Young Ezekiel struggles to peep over a wooden barrier and join his older sister, Sanna, in her view of the world.
       
     
  Green Market   Fresh produce fills the sacks and stalls in Ranomafana’s busy central market.
       
     
  Angie   Safe from the rain, I took Fosiah’s photograph under the shelter of a wooden bus stop. Cellular storms are a common occurrence over the central massif of Madagascar.
       
     
  Remi   School attendance is incredibly low in Madagascar, even when compared to other countries on the mainland. Remi smiled confidently at the camera as we took her photograph on her way to school.
       
     
  Remi   The usual road to school passed typical houses made of wood and corrugated iron.
       
     
  Sanna   Pushing her little brother Ezekiel out of the way, Sanna quickly took control of her portrait session.
       
     
  Sanna   The walk to school fell into clownish chaos.
       
     
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  Sanna   The sound of rain, or perhaps her mother’s call in the distance, put an end to the horseplay and Sanna finally led her brother safely home.
       
     
  Sanna   Highland weather calls for thicker clothes and furs to protect against the mountain chill.
       
     
  Oustalet’s Chameleon   This huge chameleon species thunders over branches, its eyes darting left and right for a dragonfly or hissing cockroach to feast upon.
       
     
  Blue Panther   Panther Chameleons are a large species of chameleon found in Northern Madagascar. ‘Furciferi’ refers to their specialized feet, which allow the panther chameleon to achieve a tight grip on narrow branches. Each toe is equipped with a sharp claw to gain traction on surfaces such as bark when climbing.
       
     
  Red Panther   Like most species of chameleons, the panther chameleon is very territorial. It spends the majority of its life in isolation, apart from mating sessions. When two males come into contact, they will change color and inflate their bodies, attempting to assert their dominance. Often these battles end at this stage, with the loser retreating, turning drab and dark colors. Occasionally, the displays result in physical combat if neither contender backs down.
       
     
  Parson’s Chameleon   Another large chameleon species, more robust and muscular but not quite as long as the Oustalet’s, this species is found in Northern and Eastern Madagascar. A small mayfly has caught this one’s attention.
       
     
  Big Appetite   Parson's chameleons are omnivorous, eating most plants, insects and possibly small birds. They are primarily listed as insectivores because their diet mainly consists of: mantis, large beetles, moths, and roaches including the Madagascar hissing cockroach (Gromphadorhina portentosa). They have been speculated to eat small mammals and birds and are known to eat other lizard species.
       
     
  Red Heart   It is a common misconception that chameleons of any kind can change color to match any color of their environments. All chameleons have a natural color range with which they are born, and is dictated by their species. It is affected by temperature, mood, and light. If, for example, the color purple is not within the range of colors to which their particular species can change, then they will never turn purple.
       
     
  Beady Eyed   The eyes of a chameleon are their most distinctive feature. The upper and lower eyelids are joined, with only a pinhole large enough for the pupil to see through. They can rotate and focus separately to observe two different objects simultaneously; their eyes move independently from each other. It in effect gives them a full 360-degree arc of vision around their bodies. When prey is located, both eyes can be focused in the same direction, giving sharp stereoscopic vision and depth perception.
       
     
  Wet Coils   The humidity of the rainforest shows up as dew drops on this female chameleon’s tail.
       
     
  Dainty Head   A female flap-eared chameleon surveys the outside world with gentle eyes.
       
     
  Bold Climber   Much like a stealthy tank, a Parson’s chameleon creeps through the foliage unperturbed.
       
     
  Tree Patrol   A fiery red male chameleon makes his way along a branch, eyes fixed upon prey or foe.
       
     
  The King   A large Parson’s Chameleon puffs out his chest and sides, demonstrating his sizable girth. The king has chosen green robes for the evening.
       
     
  Wise Eyes   They have witnessed brutal fights from canopy heights, fellows being lifted off by hungry hawks and thousands of locusts zapped from their resting branches during insect migration and reptilian feeding sprees.
       
     
  Up in the Canopy   A dazzling tail is kept coiled till the first rays of morning sunshine touch its delicate scales. The lush rain forest of Ranomafana drips from every leaf, petal and chameleon.
       
     
  The Rival   A Panther chameleon surveys the world above him. Branches are weighed down by mighty kings and horned knights. His blood red armor shimmers in the Malagasy light. Today might be his last chance for domination and the title of alpha male.
       
     
  A Poisonous Gift   Our guide lifts a toxic poison arrow frog from the forest floor. These tiny frogs are common on islands such as Nosy Be and Nosy Tanginely.
       
     
  Perfect Camouflage   An expert of disguise, the Leaf-Tailed Gecko is in the perfect position for ambush. No fly, weevil or mantis could escape those lichen covered jaws of death.
       
     
  Lord Leaf Tail   Like the Eye of Sauron a gecko opens his jupiter-esque orb to peer through the undergrowth. Leaf Tail geckos are superb spies.
       
     
  Fosiah   We met this young girl, waiting eagerly for her brothers to arrive from school, behind a wire fence in the village of Ranomafana.
       
     

Fosiah

We met this young girl, waiting eagerly for her brothers to arrive from school, behind a wire fence in the village of Ranomafana.

  Waiting   A large wire fence separated these schoolchildren from the bus that would take them home.
       
     

Waiting

A large wire fence separated these schoolchildren from the bus that would take them home.

  Jérome   Wire fences, empty bottles, metal bins and skips make up much of young Jerome’s world as he grows up along the village streets of Ranomafana.
       
     

Jérome

Wire fences, empty bottles, metal bins and skips make up much of young Jerome’s world as he grows up along the village streets of Ranomafana.

  Ezekiel and Sanna   Young Ezekiel struggles to peep over a wooden barrier and join his older sister, Sanna, in her view of the world.
       
     

Ezekiel and Sanna

Young Ezekiel struggles to peep over a wooden barrier and join his older sister, Sanna, in her view of the world.

  Green Market   Fresh produce fills the sacks and stalls in Ranomafana’s busy central market.
       
     

Green Market

Fresh produce fills the sacks and stalls in Ranomafana’s busy central market.

  Angie   Safe from the rain, I took Fosiah’s photograph under the shelter of a wooden bus stop. Cellular storms are a common occurrence over the central massif of Madagascar.
       
     

Angie

Safe from the rain, I took Fosiah’s photograph under the shelter of a wooden bus stop. Cellular storms are a common occurrence over the central massif of Madagascar.

  Remi   School attendance is incredibly low in Madagascar, even when compared to other countries on the mainland. Remi smiled confidently at the camera as we took her photograph on her way to school.
       
     

Remi

School attendance is incredibly low in Madagascar, even when compared to other countries on the mainland. Remi smiled confidently at the camera as we took her photograph on her way to school.

  Remi   The usual road to school passed typical houses made of wood and corrugated iron.
       
     

Remi

The usual road to school passed typical houses made of wood and corrugated iron.

  Sanna   Pushing her little brother Ezekiel out of the way, Sanna quickly took control of her portrait session.
       
     

Sanna

Pushing her little brother Ezekiel out of the way, Sanna quickly took control of her portrait session.

  Sanna   The walk to school fell into clownish chaos.
       
     

Sanna

The walk to school fell into clownish chaos.

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  Sanna   The sound of rain, or perhaps her mother’s call in the distance, put an end to the horseplay and Sanna finally led her brother safely home.
       
     

Sanna

The sound of rain, or perhaps her mother’s call in the distance, put an end to the horseplay and Sanna finally led her brother safely home.

  Sanna   Highland weather calls for thicker clothes and furs to protect against the mountain chill.
       
     

Sanna

Highland weather calls for thicker clothes and furs to protect against the mountain chill.

  Oustalet’s Chameleon   This huge chameleon species thunders over branches, its eyes darting left and right for a dragonfly or hissing cockroach to feast upon.
       
     

Oustalet’s Chameleon

This huge chameleon species thunders over branches, its eyes darting left and right for a dragonfly or hissing cockroach to feast upon.

  Blue Panther   Panther Chameleons are a large species of chameleon found in Northern Madagascar. ‘Furciferi’ refers to their specialized feet, which allow the panther chameleon to achieve a tight grip on narrow branches. Each toe is equipped with a sharp claw to gain traction on surfaces such as bark when climbing.
       
     

Blue Panther

Panther Chameleons are a large species of chameleon found in Northern Madagascar. ‘Furciferi’ refers to their specialized feet, which allow the panther chameleon to achieve a tight grip on narrow branches. Each toe is equipped with a sharp claw to gain traction on surfaces such as bark when climbing.

  Red Panther   Like most species of chameleons, the panther chameleon is very territorial. It spends the majority of its life in isolation, apart from mating sessions. When two males come into contact, they will change color and inflate their bodies, attempting to assert their dominance. Often these battles end at this stage, with the loser retreating, turning drab and dark colors. Occasionally, the displays result in physical combat if neither contender backs down.
       
     

Red Panther

Like most species of chameleons, the panther chameleon is very territorial. It spends the majority of its life in isolation, apart from mating sessions. When two males come into contact, they will change color and inflate their bodies, attempting to assert their dominance. Often these battles end at this stage, with the loser retreating, turning drab and dark colors. Occasionally, the displays result in physical combat if neither contender backs down.

  Parson’s Chameleon   Another large chameleon species, more robust and muscular but not quite as long as the Oustalet’s, this species is found in Northern and Eastern Madagascar. A small mayfly has caught this one’s attention.
       
     

Parson’s Chameleon

Another large chameleon species, more robust and muscular but not quite as long as the Oustalet’s, this species is found in Northern and Eastern Madagascar. A small mayfly has caught this one’s attention.

  Big Appetite   Parson's chameleons are omnivorous, eating most plants, insects and possibly small birds. They are primarily listed as insectivores because their diet mainly consists of: mantis, large beetles, moths, and roaches including the Madagascar hissing cockroach (Gromphadorhina portentosa). They have been speculated to eat small mammals and birds and are known to eat other lizard species.
       
     

Big Appetite

Parson's chameleons are omnivorous, eating most plants, insects and possibly small birds. They are primarily listed as insectivores because their diet mainly consists of: mantis, large beetles, moths, and roaches including the Madagascar hissing cockroach (Gromphadorhina portentosa). They have been speculated to eat small mammals and birds and are known to eat other lizard species.

  Red Heart   It is a common misconception that chameleons of any kind can change color to match any color of their environments. All chameleons have a natural color range with which they are born, and is dictated by their species. It is affected by temperature, mood, and light. If, for example, the color purple is not within the range of colors to which their particular species can change, then they will never turn purple.
       
     

Red Heart

It is a common misconception that chameleons of any kind can change color to match any color of their environments. All chameleons have a natural color range with which they are born, and is dictated by their species. It is affected by temperature, mood, and light. If, for example, the color purple is not within the range of colors to which their particular species can change, then they will never turn purple.

  Beady Eyed   The eyes of a chameleon are their most distinctive feature. The upper and lower eyelids are joined, with only a pinhole large enough for the pupil to see through. They can rotate and focus separately to observe two different objects simultaneously; their eyes move independently from each other. It in effect gives them a full 360-degree arc of vision around their bodies. When prey is located, both eyes can be focused in the same direction, giving sharp stereoscopic vision and depth perception.
       
     

Beady Eyed

The eyes of a chameleon are their most distinctive feature. The upper and lower eyelids are joined, with only a pinhole large enough for the pupil to see through. They can rotate and focus separately to observe two different objects simultaneously; their eyes move independently from each other. It in effect gives them a full 360-degree arc of vision around their bodies. When prey is located, both eyes can be focused in the same direction, giving sharp stereoscopic vision and depth perception.

  Wet Coils   The humidity of the rainforest shows up as dew drops on this female chameleon’s tail.
       
     

Wet Coils

The humidity of the rainforest shows up as dew drops on this female chameleon’s tail.

  Dainty Head   A female flap-eared chameleon surveys the outside world with gentle eyes.
       
     

Dainty Head

A female flap-eared chameleon surveys the outside world with gentle eyes.

  Bold Climber   Much like a stealthy tank, a Parson’s chameleon creeps through the foliage unperturbed.
       
     

Bold Climber

Much like a stealthy tank, a Parson’s chameleon creeps through the foliage unperturbed.

  Tree Patrol   A fiery red male chameleon makes his way along a branch, eyes fixed upon prey or foe.
       
     

Tree Patrol

A fiery red male chameleon makes his way along a branch, eyes fixed upon prey or foe.

  The King   A large Parson’s Chameleon puffs out his chest and sides, demonstrating his sizable girth. The king has chosen green robes for the evening.
       
     

The King

A large Parson’s Chameleon puffs out his chest and sides, demonstrating his sizable girth. The king has chosen green robes for the evening.

  Wise Eyes   They have witnessed brutal fights from canopy heights, fellows being lifted off by hungry hawks and thousands of locusts zapped from their resting branches during insect migration and reptilian feeding sprees.
       
     

Wise Eyes

They have witnessed brutal fights from canopy heights, fellows being lifted off by hungry hawks and thousands of locusts zapped from their resting branches during insect migration and reptilian feeding sprees.

  Up in the Canopy   A dazzling tail is kept coiled till the first rays of morning sunshine touch its delicate scales. The lush rain forest of Ranomafana drips from every leaf, petal and chameleon.
       
     

Up in the Canopy

A dazzling tail is kept coiled till the first rays of morning sunshine touch its delicate scales. The lush rain forest of Ranomafana drips from every leaf, petal and chameleon.

  The Rival   A Panther chameleon surveys the world above him. Branches are weighed down by mighty kings and horned knights. His blood red armor shimmers in the Malagasy light. Today might be his last chance for domination and the title of alpha male.
       
     

The Rival

A Panther chameleon surveys the world above him. Branches are weighed down by mighty kings and horned knights. His blood red armor shimmers in the Malagasy light. Today might be his last chance for domination and the title of alpha male.

  A Poisonous Gift   Our guide lifts a toxic poison arrow frog from the forest floor. These tiny frogs are common on islands such as Nosy Be and Nosy Tanginely.
       
     

A Poisonous Gift

Our guide lifts a toxic poison arrow frog from the forest floor. These tiny frogs are common on islands such as Nosy Be and Nosy Tanginely.

  Perfect Camouflage   An expert of disguise, the Leaf-Tailed Gecko is in the perfect position for ambush. No fly, weevil or mantis could escape those lichen covered jaws of death.
       
     

Perfect Camouflage

An expert of disguise, the Leaf-Tailed Gecko is in the perfect position for ambush. No fly, weevil or mantis could escape those lichen covered jaws of death.

  Lord Leaf Tail   Like the Eye of Sauron a gecko opens his jupiter-esque orb to peer through the undergrowth. Leaf Tail geckos are superb spies.
       
     

Lord Leaf Tail

Like the Eye of Sauron a gecko opens his jupiter-esque orb to peer through the undergrowth. Leaf Tail geckos are superb spies.