Mystery Hoofed Mammal of Madagascar.
Etymology: Malagasy (Austronesian), “beast
whose ears hide its chin.”
Variant names: Mangarisoaka, Tokatongotra.
Physical description: Donkeylike animal. Long
ears. Round hoof like a horse’s.
Behavior: Brays like a donkey.
Distribution: Ankaizina Mountains; Bealanana
and Manirenja Districts in the north-central
highlands; north of Tôlagnaro in southeastern
(1) Surviving Malagasy pygmy
hippopotamuses (Hippopotamus lemerlei and
H. madagascariensis) that supposedly died
off within the past 1,000 years or so. See
(2) Unknown wild donkey indigenous to