Speaker: Colin Smith
Reporter: Sue Gale
It is always great to hear about the travels of our members, and Colin Smith treated us to some excellent images and videos of his adventurous tour of Madagascar. He thoughtfully started by locating Madagascar for us, off the East coast of Africa, and made up of rainforest in the East, mountains in the middle and desert on the West. There are several nature reserves but they are mostly small and isolated, separated by villages and rice fields, and the country has suffered a good deal from deforestation. None-the-less 80% of the flora and fauna are endemic, making this a prime location for naturalists of all persuasions. Of course, the lemurs are the biggest attraction, and there are very many species, ever increasing in numbers as DNA investigations identify differences.
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