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5 interesting facts about Madagascar

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Madagascar is an island country in Africa. Positioned on the east and graphically appearing like a younger sibling. Madagascar gained immense popularity in the 21st century after the premier of The Disney super children show “Penguins of Madagascar”.

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Madagascar is an island country in Africa. Positioned at the south and graphically appearing like a younger sibling. Madagascar gained immense popularity in the 21st century after the premiere of The Disney super children show “Penguins of Madagascar”.

The Republic of Madagascar is an island country in the Indian Ocean, approximately 400 kilometers (250 miles) off the coast of East Africa across the Mozambique Channel. At 592,800 square kilometers (228,900 sq mi) Madagascar is the world’s second-largest island country, after Indonesia.

The nation is home to around 30 million inhabitants and consists of the island of Madagascar (the fourth-largest island in the world), along with numerous smaller peripheral islands. 

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  1. More than 50% of the world’s chameleon population is found in  Madagascar 

Apart from the fact that more than half of all the chameleons in the world reside in Madagascar, there are also more than 346 different species of reptiles here. 

2. Madagascar is home to about 76 species of Lemurs

These tree-hopping, furry creatures might seem like they’re related to squirrels or cats, but they’re actually more closely related to you and me. Lemurs are primates, just like monkeys, apes, and humans. Over 30 different species of lemurs, including aye-ayes, live in Madagascar. They can travel up to 25 feet in one leap.

3. Madagascars Wildlife

In real life, Madagascar has no lions, giraffes, zebras, or hippos. (The fossil record shows that hippos once lived on the island, but scientists think they went extinct about 1,000 years ago. These hippos, known as pygmy hippos, were much smaller than their African relatives.)

4. The Baobab trees

The baobab is a tree specie that is endemic to Madagascar. The baobab alley in western Madagascar is home to six of the eight species of baobab that are found in Madagascar only. Some of the baobabs in this alley are up to 800 years old. The baobab tree is called reniala in the Malagasy language. Often people also refer to the tree as bottle tree as the trunk of the baobab tree stores lots of water. The baobabs have long trunks as they grow up to 30 m/ 98 ft in height.

5. Madagascar is a former French Colony

Malagasy is the official and most commonly spoken language in Madagascar. French is also an official language and an important language in business. French is taught in some schools, while English and Italian are also spoken in tourist areas. Madagascar gained its independence in 1960.

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