Madagascar, a far-flung isolated island founded by the Malays, is a land like no other. An island roughly the size of Texas or France, Madagascar has some of the
highest biodiversity on the planet
. Of roughly 200,000 known species found on Madagascar, about 150,000 are endemic - meaning they exist nowhere else on the globe. Unique to the island are more than 50 types of lemurs, 99 percent of its frog species, and 36 genera of birds. Madagascar houses 100 percent of the world's lemurs, half of its chameleon species, 6 percent of its frogs, and none of its toads. Some species found in Madagascar have their closest relatives not in Africa but in the South Pacific and South America.
With renewed interest generated by the latest research findings that Madagascar was
founded by women from the Malay World
, it is only appropriate that we revisit one of the island nation's most unique features - its wildlife. The following article presents some of the unique inhabitants of the Madagascar