Madagascar - Efforts To Save Shrinking Rainforest
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Intensive efforts are being made to save the unique but rapidly shrinking rain forest of the island of Madagascar, home to some of the greatest bio-diversity in the world. Only 15 per cent of the forest is now left, after a 35-year period in which the island's population has doubled. The Indri-Indri lemur, living on a special reserve in central
Madagascar, is one of only a few hundred remaining. Its name means "ghost" and it's taboo to kill them...but not their habitat. Three quarters of the island's species are found nowhere else. Eighty per cent of Madagascar's flora are also unique. International organisations spearheading the conservation effort fear they are running out of time.

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