In this new destination-focused series, Annie Van Dinther interviews Nat Hab Expedition Leaders about their favorite destinations to explore with our guests. For Ant Bennet, it’s the world’s most unique biodiversity hotspot: Madagascar. Of course, Ant will talk about Madagascar’s famous lemurs, which he calls the island nation’s “marketing department” — but you’ll discover much more to appreciate when it comes to other fascinating species, too, like the turquoise Parson’s chameleon, long as your forearm, or the elusive fossa, which looks like a cross between a cat, a dog and a mongoose. Ant explains the geological events that occurred over millennia to create such a distinctive island. Find out why Madagascar is filled with so many rare and endemic creatures and plants not found anywhere else. Gain an overview of Madagascar’s wildly contrasting regions and ecosystems, from eastern tropical rain forest to the sandstone deserts of the southwest and the karst coastal seascape and dry deciduous forest of the northwest. And discover how Nat Hab’s Madagascar itinerary is a showcase for the natural and cultural diversity of the country. A key takeaway Ant will highlight is the crucial role ecotourism plays in conserving Madagascar’s wonders, which are under intense threat.
Originally presented January 14, 2021
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