Peyrieras Reptile Reserve

Madagascar Exotic (also known as the Peyrieras Butterfly Farm, Peyrieras Nature Farm and Mandraka Reptile Farm) is a small privately run reserve (or zoo) at Marozevo, on National Road N2, 75 km (47 mi) east of Antananarivo, between the towns of Manjakandriana and Moramanga. It is a popular tourist stop between Antananarivo and Madagascar's Andasibe-Mantadia National Park.

Madagascar Exotic
Reserve Peyrieras
Peyrieras Reptile Reserve
Chameleon eating a grasshopper
Madagascar Exotic is located in Madagascar
Madagascar Exotic
Madagascar Exotic
75 Km east of Tana
Coordinates: 18°55′52.7″S 47°56′59.9″E / 18.931306°S 47.949972°E / -18.931306; 47.949972

It was founded and owned by the French entomologist and naturalist André Peyriéras, [1][2][3] which is why it is also known as the Reserve Peyrieras.

The collection includes many reptiles (chameleons, iguanas, geckos, frogs), batraciens (amphibians), crocodiles and papillons (butterflies). The adjacent forest area supports families of relocated and habituated Verreaux's sifaka and common brown lemur which provide opportunities to photograph them close up at feeding times.[1]

Most of the reptiles and other species are held within several large caged buildings and greenhouses, which tourists may enter when accompanied by a guide. A group of Coquerel's sifaka return daily to be fed and to aid photography by the tourists.[4]

Species ListEdit

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The following species have been listed and/or photographed at this reserve:[5][6]


  1. ^ a b Bradt, Hillary (Mar 2011). Madagascar: Madagascar Exotic (PK72) (10 ed.). London: Bradt Travel Guides Ltd. p. 253 (total 424 pages). ISBN 9781841623412.
  2. ^ "Peyrieras Madagascar Exotic Reserve". Michelin Travel. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Madagascar exotic (Butterfly farm)". Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Pereyras Nature Farm". TripAdvisor. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Lister, Paul. "Peyrieras Exotic Reserve at Marozevo, Madagascar Photo Gallery". The Sussex Wildlifer. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u Clark, Dave. "Mandraka". SmartMug. Retrieved 13 October 2014.