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