Because of its isolation from the major continents, Madagascar is considered as a jewel in biodiversity terms, an exotic country with a high concentration of endemic species. Madagascar’s flagship species is 100% endemic with 101 lemur species. Of 285 bird species recorded 105 are unique to the country. ¾ of Madagascar’s 860 orchid species are endemic to the island and 6 of the world’s 8 baobab species are found nowhere else in the world.
But, human pressure constantly threats these wonders. Over 90% of Madagascar’s wildlife is endemic and can’t be seen wild anywhere else on earth. Madagascar’s cultural richness differs from one ethnic group to another. And, 18 ethnic groups form Malagasy population whose Culture is based on the respect of the ancestors and the unity of the livings.
Madagascar is the world’s fourth largest island. It’s one of the richest country as for biodiversity, but one of the poorest nations. 75.3% of Malagasy live under poverty line, and gap between rich and poor is widening day after day. Despite of dire poverty, Malagasy society remains open-hearted to everyone who takes time to discover and enjoy its natural and cultural heritage. This land of smiles and contrasts is ready to take you on your next adventure whether helping out in local communities or exploring. This land located at the crossroads of the African and Asian worlds will surely amaze your sense. Madagascar will certainly shift the way you see the world.