September 7, 2015
This year’s trip was to Madagascar where almost every single animal is endangered because they are all endemic, and the natural habitat of Madagascar has been utterly decimated. Approximately 95% of Madagascar’s reptiles, 89% of its Flaura and 92% of its wildlife are only found there. Many people, myself included before this trip, think of Madagascar as an island paradise untouched by man, but the reality is that there are 22 million people living in extreme poverty on the island. It is one of the poorest countries in the world and over 90% of the natural habitat has been destroyed, mostly by slash and burning of the forests for charcoal. As I’ve written about in other travel posts on this blog, one of the keys to conservation is responsible tourism and finding new revenue streams that encourages conservation. Madagascar has a long way to go, but I do encourage people to visit this beautiful country and help support its future. To learn more about how you can support conservation in Madagascar visit WWF. Seeing the lemurs up close and personal is hands down one of the most incredible wildlife encounters of my life and that’s coming from a girl whose trekked with mountain gorillas, dove with great white sharks, sunbathed on a pebble beach with penguins and bottle fed lion cubs. Lemurs have completely different temperaments than monkeys (who can be real assholes). They’re very sweet and not very timid so we had opportunities to get extremely close, even having them jump all over us in a sanctuary, which I’ll talk more about in my next post.