Madagascar, the world’s oldest island. For those of you unaware, even though I’m sure you’ve seen the movie, (with my very famous namesake Alex the Lion) the real Madagascar is an island in the Indian Ocean just off the southeastern coast of Africa. It’s the fourth largest island in the WORLD! Madagascar is a great place and it has things that no other place has in the world, literally, like lemurs and elephant birds, which are unfortunately extinct now. Of the 10,000 plants native to Madagascar, 90% are found nowhere else in the world! But Madagascar has problems too, as does every other country in the world. One of the main problems in Madagascar is deforestation, a process called “slash and burn“. The people of the country burn down trees for charcoal, or cut down wood for housing, they also sell the wood from the trees to make a living, and this is really affecting Madagascar, its beautiful forests, and the animals it holds. They also cut down trees to plant rice for food – which is at least one good reason for cutting down trees. The bad thing about this is that Madagascar has animals that live nowhere else in the world, so if they go extinct, they’ll be lost to the world forever…
The president of Madagascar is devoted to the enviroment and he regularly sets up protected areas for animals and the forests. He also promotes eco-tourism, that’s when the tourist travels to usually protected areas. Its purpose is to educate the traveller, yet at the same time it provides funds for conservation. So it benefits both the traveller and the country. I think eco-tourism is a great method and every country with endangered animals and protected areas should use it!
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