The south of Madagascar is hot and dry and without the vast expanses of rice cultivation so familiar elsewhere on the island. Though arid, the South supports remarkable levels of endemic plants and animals, more so than any other part of the island. It is with regret then I only have had one opportunity to visit. For two weeks I worked with a research team in Isalo National Park, helping to learn about the movement patterns of the rainbow burrowing frog Scaphiophryne gottlebei. Below are photos of the herps encountered through this work, along with a few from a visit to Zombitse.