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Tsingy de Bemaraha was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990 due to its unique geography, preserved mangrove forests, and wild bird and lemur populations. The reserve's canyons, gorges, undisturbed forests, lakes and mangrove swamps display an astronishing diversity of flora and fauna which has not yet been completely recorded. The rate of endemism is about 85%, and 47% is even local endemic. Tsingy means "walking on tiptoes" in Malagasy because of the distinct labyrinth of jagged, limestone pinnacles that is one of the parks highlights. Formed over centuries by the movement of wind and water, and often towering several hundred meters into the air, the peaks make for a unique and otherworldly landscape. Explore the spiky terrain via ferrata, a system of rope bridges, walkways and ladders.