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% Protected

Over 90% of Madagascar’s mighty jungles have vanished in the wake of  slash-and-burn agriculture. An impoverished human population combined with historically few opportunities to tie community development with conservation goals has left nature severely fragmented on this island and increased the vulnerability of human communities.

Panther Chameleon in the Ambanja region of Madagascar. Photo by Reptile Pod.

Madagascar's Ecology

Madagascar is home to an abundance of wildlife found nowhere else on Earth. This is the result of its separation from the larger African continent over 88 million years, allowing the flora and fauna of this place to evolve in isolation. Lemurs abound in the rainforests here, including the silky sifaka and its ring-tailed cousin. And while nature struggles to survive on Madagascar, it is still a biodiversity hotspot, making the benefit of protecting these rainforests worth the challenge.

Half (Mission Achieved)

Ecologically intact & protected landscapes comprise 50% or more of this country.

Can Reach Half

Intact landscapes lacking protected status comprise 50% or more of this country.

Could Be Restored

Between 20-40% of landscapes are still ecologically intact.


Less than 20% of the natural ecology of this area is intact.


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Madagascar Amber Mountain National Park
Amber Mountain National Park

One of the most biodiverse spots in all of Madagascar, with over 75 species of birds, including the one-of-a-kind Amber Mountain rock thrush. 

Madagascar Masoala National Park
Masoala National Park

This park includes a dazzling array of ecologies, from rainforests to mangroves to coral reefs. Humpback whales visit the waters here in the late summer.

Ring-tailed lemur. Photo by Jack Cain.
Tsimanampetsotsa National Park

Endangered fauna species cover this park, which is also home to a sacred site, Mitoho Grotto, where local belief stipulates is inhabited by invisible people.

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