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The Ring-Tailed Lemur (photographed in Anjaha Community Reserve near Ambalavao in Central Madagascar)

The Ring-Tailed Lemur (one of 87 species & subspecies of lemur) is Madagascar's official National Animal.

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The Grey Mouse Lemur (dining in Anjajavy Reserve, Northwest Madagascar)

This Nocturnal Primate (kin to apes & humans) is indeed no larger than a mouse.

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The Verreaux's Sifaka (Isalo National Park, Southern Madagascar)

Most Lemurs leap between tree branches, but these large Sifaka lemurs also love to dance across clearings.

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The Greater Bamboo Lemur (devouring Bamboo in Ranomafana National Park, Central Madagascar)

This rarest and most endangered of all lemurs daily eats enough cyanide-laced bamboo to kill 30 humans.

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Madagascar has dense rain forests (e.g., Andasible-Mantadia National Park above, in Eastern Madagascar)

Bursting with Leaches and Lemurs, Reptiles, Amphibians & Exotic Insects

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As well as gigantic but harmless Millipedes.

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Madagascar also has many lively towns (e.g., Morondava, above, on the coast of Western Madagascar)

Where rickshaws remain plentiful

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And quiet countrysides (e.g., the "Avenue des Baobabs" north of Morondava in Western Madagascar).

Many Baobabs are older than 1,000 years; six of the world's eight species are endemic to Madagascar,

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Enabling Peter & Lieschen to pause before another species of ancient Baobab.

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The Major N7 Highway traverses half of Madagascar

But is sometimes more used to transport Zebu (the national cattle) than for cars.

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The busy N9 Highway along the coast of Southwestern Madagascar was paved back in Time Immemorial.

Since that time, politicians running for office habitually promise repairs.

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This large (~8 inch) Walking Stick insect in Isalo National Park is well camouflaged from predators

But not from the half-dozen mites that are sucking on its left feeler & left front leg.

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Madagascar also has exotic, endemic Grasshoppers

Such as this five-inch specimen dining in Isalo National Park.

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Madadascar has more than 60 species of Chameleons, from the world's largest

(e.g., the ubiquitous Parson's Chameleon above can reach 68cm/26 inches in length)

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Down to this Pygmy Chameleon in the Anjaha Community Reserve

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And numerous other reptiles, e.g., this elusive Leaf-Tailed Gekko, sleeping in Ranomafana National Park

(Try spotting this nocturnal lizard in a vast, leaf-strewn rain forest)

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And countless snakes, particularly Tree Boas

(but no poisonous snakes, Madagascar having split from Africa about 90 million years ago,

before poisonous snakes evolved in Africa).  Most plants & animals in Madagascar are endemic.

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And finally, two views of the Rich Rice Fields in East Central Madagascar

Where the farmers habitually produce three rice crops every year

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And where these rice fields are "plowed" by boys chasing Zebu,

Back and forth in the muddy paddies, pleasing everyone except the Zebus.

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