I don’t know about you, but I have always liked the name of Madagascar’s capital – Antananarivo. The expectation is that this peculiar name has exotic landscapes and unthinkable adventures waiting for you on this “island of mysteries” – a place to visit for the curious and adventurous tourists who are not looking for luxury, but an exotic destination, in the truest sense of the word.
The population of the island- state, which is the 4th largest in the world, is about 24 million people, and is constantly increasing. And as my friends, the fluffy lemurs might say, Madagascar has the largest number of native endemics, 90% of plants and animals are not found anywhere outside this ecosystem, and this is due to the movement of continental plates. And the opinions of lemurs can be trusted.
The island was part of the continent of Gondwana and originally separated from Africa, and then from India. Once the island was placed in evolutionary isolation, the species development was quite different to any others in the world; I would not be surprised if the jungle of the island is fraught with many more unknown species. There are a lot of plants, predators, beautiful on the outside, but full of danger for insects and small vertebrates. The island is separated from Africa by the Mozambique canal. There are several hypotheses for the name of the island – one of them is that in the thirteenth century B. C. the name was given by the Italian traveler Marco Polo, according to another version, the name comes from one of the areas Malagasy, which eventually became “Madagasikara”.
Sometime in 450 AD the first Austronesian tourists arrived in Madagascar from Borneo by canoe and stayed on the island for an extended period, giving life to subsequent generations of Malagasy.
I’ve been saying it for long time, tourism is the future.
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