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VHS. Globe Trekker Video. Madagascar, known as the Red Island, is located 250 miles off the coast of East Africa. The world's fourth largest island, with landscapes ranging from rainforests to arid desert, its unique culture has developed from a mix of Malaysian, African, and Arab people. It is home to animal and plant life found nowhere else in the world. Traveller Ian Wright begins his journey in the capital of Antananarivo, and then heads south through Antsirabe and the Ranomafana National Park to the town of Ihosy. After travelling west through Isalo to Ifaty, and north to Diego Suarez, he ends his journey on the Isle Sainte Marie. Along the way? $_$_START_LIST ? Witness a Hiragasy performance incorporating dance, theatre and acrobatics ? Catch sight of the rare golden bamboo Lemur ? Dive in coral reefs and encounter sharks, often too close for comfort! ? Visit the sacred lake in the village of Anivorana where people honor their ancestors by slaughtering a zebu and feeding it to crocodiles ? Explore Isle Sainte Marie, tropical paradise and famous pirate hideaway, now sheltering a pirate graveyard where tales of hidden treasures abound $_$_END_LIST
VHS. National Geographic. Just off the East coast of Africa, Madagascar is an island unique in all the world. Separated from the mainland some 165 million years ago, Madagascar's flora and fauna have evolved in near isolation. Join a team of naturalists as they trek to the island's isolated Ankarana plateau to study the exotic animals of this forbidding wildlife oasis. Through enormous underground passages, you'll hike to a sunken forest, sighting unique creatures such as the crowned lemur, the leaf-tailed gecko, and the Souimanga sunbird. Like the Galapagos Islands, Madagascar has developed a wildlife population with new species. However, unlike the Galapagos Islands, Madagascar has yet to pass laws protecting the environment. This National Geographic expedition studies the island's wildlife to determine how much preservation and protection the island needs. The north end of the island, Ankarana, is a limestone plateau nestling sunken forests and some of the rarest species in the world, from leaf-tailed geckos (they look like tree bark and disguise themselves remarkably well) to lemurs and baobab trees. The area holds a plethora of exotic creatures, and the naturalists can only see these new animals by trekking through a maze of underground caves to reach the sunken forests. Unfortunately, conservation is not a useful concept for the subsistence farmers which comprise 90 percent of Madagascar's population. This documentary addresses the difficult problem of sustaining both wildlife and human life. A thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening watch. 52 minutes.