Alongside the lemur, we incorporated sea turtles, chameleons, orchids, several birds, seashells, fish, butterflies, coral and the island of Nosy Ankao itself. With the vast majority of its species found nowhere else on Earth, it is an island defined by its rarity. Sea turtles and lively coral reefs abound in the waters around Nosy Ankao. Orchids drape languidly over branches, perfuming the forest air and providing plentiful nectar to the island’s butterflies. Beach morning glory sprawl across the sands, their magenta blooms contrasted against the lime green vines. From the undergrowth to the canopy, unusual birds dot the landscape. A group of black parrots even call our Activity Centre home, and countless wading birds can be found along Nosy Ankao’s lush shorelines.