Madagascar

Madagascar

For many, the island country of Madagascar is synomynous with the Dreamworks movie of the same name, in which wild indigent wildlife unique to the island comingle with visitors. In the case of wildlife unique to the island, the truth is even more interesting. As a result of the island's long isolation from neighboring continents, Madagascar is home to a vast array of plants and animals, many found not found anywhere on Earth. Approximately 80% of all plant and animal species found in Madagascar can only be found in Madagascar, including the lemur infraorder of primates and the carnivorous fossa, a cat-like, carnivorous mammal. In fact, Madagascar is so unique that some ecologists to refer to Madagascar as the "eighth continent," and the island has been classified by Conservation International as a biodiversity hotspot. For the adventurous couple seeking an eco-honeymoon, making a pitstop to Madagascar while on your African honeymoon will leave you awestruck.

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Travel Alert - October 2013 - European tourists burned to death by angry mob in Madagascar

The French government’s reaction was swift and sharp, warning against all travel to Madagascar’s resort island of Nosy Be, after one French citizen was tortured and burned to death by an angry mob of villagers, which had apparently accused him, another European tourist visitor, and a local man of being responsible for the death of a boy and for being "organ traders." The boy’s mutilated body was found at a beach, and the three chased down and then mercilessly beaten, dragged through nearby villages, and made to "confess their crimes" under severe torture before being set alight and burned to death.