Ed­u­ca­tion: Mada­gas­car

It broke off from Africa aeons ago, and over time de­vel­oped its own fas­ci­nat­ing flora and fauna

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LOOK­ING at a map of Africa you’ll no­tice a large is­land off the con­ti­nent’s south­east coast. That’s Mada­gas­car, the fourth­largest is­land in the world af­ter Green­land, New Guinea and Bor­neo.

This is­land, which is also a coun­try, has strange and unique an­i­mals and plants. The peo­ple are also distinct and are de­scended from Asian and African sea­far­ers.

Let’s find out more about this strange and in­ter­est­ing place and the peo­ple who live there.

The ter­raced paddy fields of Mada­gas­car’s cen­tral high­lands.

Pods on a vanilla orchid. The finest vanilla beans, known as Bour­bon vanilla, come from Mada­gas­car.

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