Madagascar: Unusual Utopia

The island of Madagascar is located in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Mozambique. Making it the fourth largest island in the world. Breaking away from the Indian mainland about 88 million years ago; allowed Madagascar to develop its own unique biodiversity and creatures, their own adaptations. With pristine beaches and unparalleled beauty, it is easy to fall under her tropical spell.

Like Indonesia; Madagascar boasts some of the most unique creatures on the planet. Approximately 90% of the wildlife is ONLY on this one island. Most famous of these creatures are Lemurs (3rd picture down), there are approximately 105 species of Lemurs. Madagascar also has some of the smallest creatures on the planet including the Miniature Chameleon (4th picture down).

Like most of the worlds rain forests, habitat destruction has taken wiped out 90% of the forest. Thankfully Eco tourism is at least attempting to encourage further preservation of what makes Madagascar a true natural wonder.

madagascar beach

madagascar pool

mouse lemur2

micro lizard

darwin's orchid

 

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4 comments

  1. How insanely tiny is that lizard? An absolutely beautiful piece of our planet. πŸ™‚

  2. So lovely to read a post about Madagascar πŸ™‚ I lived there for four years – lots of memories πŸ˜€

    1. Living in Madagascar and Japan, you are so very lucky! What was it like?

      1. It was pretty cool I guess πŸ™‚ Though as a teenager the only thing I ever wanted was to be normal and live in England, ha ha πŸ˜€

        Looking at all the friends I made there and what they’re doing now on Facebook, I can see that it has left its mark on everyone, in a very good way πŸ™‚

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