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The island of Madagascar separated from the African continent some 165 million years.1 Since then, a unique array of plants and animals have evolved, including many endemics species which are found nowhere else in the world. These characteristics have led some scientists to dub Madagascar the "seventh continent”.
You say lemurs? All 99 known species and subspecies of these small primates are found only on this island and on the Comoros where they were likely to be introduced. These include the indri, the largest living lemur; black lemurs, which feed on ripe fruit, leaves, insects and flowers; and the hairy-eared dwarf lemur that has long wavy hair around its ears.
The eastern, or windward side of the island is home to tropical rainforests, while the western and southern sides of the island are covered by tropical dry forests, thorn forests, and deserts and xeric shrublands. Dry forests support hundreds of endemic plant and animal species - for example, 7 species of baobab trees as compared to only one in all of Africa.
The islands surrounding Madagascar are equally diverse as are the countless reefs, home to whales, sharks and marine turtles amongst many other species.
WWF MDCO (Madagascar Country Office) works in six different fields: terrestrial, marine, footprint, sustainability, species and climate change. We are passionate about nature and leaders in community based conservation work.
This group welcomes all people who are interested in our work, who want to read about the latest news and want to share their passion for this corner of the globe.
|Founded||1961, 1963 in Madagascar|