Fantasy Friday – Madagascar

Natural history travel. That caught my attention, plus my boyfriend mentioning meeting a former resident of the country and the love they have for their homeland.

Listen to this description of Madagascar:

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The world’s fourth-largest island contains an immense diversity flora and fauna Of 12,000 plant species identified here, 10,000 are endemic to the island including seven of the world’s nine species of the iconic Baobab tree, some Renowned national parks and World Heritage Site.

Madagascar travel takes you through diverse habitats from 5.000 km of coastal line, 220 small islands to Bio-diversity hot spot. We seek out some of the 40 different species of lemurs, a primate group found only on Madagascar, and identify many species of chameleons in their wild habitat as well as some of the world’s most bizarre creatures on Earth like the nightmarish hissing cockroach, so-called Dracula ants, and the Giraffe-necked weevil. Rich and fascinating culture, heritage today is composed of 18 different ethnic groups that derive from a long history of trade and migration from throughout Indonesia, Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, all united today in a common Malagasy culture and language. Legendary hospitality of the Malagasy population. Madagascar have a lot of precious stones as well.

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I would love to visit for my personal enjoyment of viewing the amazing wildlife. On the other hand, I was informed of the terrible environmental strife facing this country, that cannot be ignored.

Environmental Issues:

Madagascar is among the world’s poorest countries. As such, people’s day-to-day survival is dependent upon natural resource use. Most Malagasy never have an option to become doctors, sports stars, factory workers, or secretaries; they must live off the land that surrounds them, making use of whatever resources they can find. Their poverty costs the country and the world through the loss of the island’s endemic biodiversity.

Major problems:

  1. Deforestation and habitat destruction.
  2. Agricultural fires.
  3. Erosion and soil degradation.
  4. Overexploitation of living resources including hunting and over-collection of species from the wild.
  5. Introduction of alien species.

I urge readers to look into these issues, at least, just to be informed.

Terrible enivornmental ‘disasters’ are occurring all around the world, in every country. Education is the first step!

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