Once part of a huge super-continent that covered most of the southern hemisphere, Madagascar has been an island for millions of years. Its isolation has given rise to its unique flora and fauna. Currently only about 10% of the country remains covered with natural vegetation, suitable for the wildlife population. Madagascar’s best-known mammals are the lemurs that attract numerous visitors to the country. There is a growing network of National Parks and Reserves that protect and hopefully assist in the continuing survival of the wildlife.This includes the well-known ringtails, and the less often seen, bamboo lemurs. There are brown, black and white, red-bellied, and crowned lemurs. There are woolly lemurs, mouse lemurs, indris and the famous ‘dancing’ sifakas. Then of course there are chameleons, gheckos and other reptiles that move about more slowly. The film will take you on a journey through many the National Parks and Reserves up and down the country, including Montagne d’Ambre, Andasibe, Ranomafana, Isalo, and Berenty.
The ‘Land of the Lemurs’ documentary covers some of the cities from Antsiranana, in the north, overlooking one of the world’s finest natural harbours, to the south-west coastal town, Taolagnaro, more usually known as Fort Dauphin. From the capital, Antananarivo, there is a journey, following the RN7 roadway to Toliara in the south-east. The documentary includes the busy market and port town of Toamasina and the tranquility of Ile St Marie and concludes with a visit to the beautiful western beach and forest reserve of Anjajavy. This is an appropriate setting to reflect the rich, diverse and untouched beauty of Madagascar and the natural warm hospitality of its people.
JOHN MYERS PHOTOGRAPHIC on Madagascar offers you the chance to appreciate the scenic landscape, cities , music, culture and ways of the Malagasy people. The National Parks are being developed for ecotourism. This is the nation’s best chance of earning the foreign currency needed to continue its efforts to save its priceless heritage.
Running time is approximately 50 minutes.
Tags: Madagascar, Africa