|UNESCO #1257 - Rainforests of the Atsinanana - MADAGASCAR|
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Rainforests of the Atsinanana - MADAGASCAR - UNESCO #1257
After the Uganda surprise of yesterday, today I received four extraordinary cards from Madagascar, my first from there! They were sent by Christine, a Swiss postcrosser that went there last month and had the chance to visit lots of places across the island, including the Masoala National Park that we see on the card, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site 'Rainforests of the Atsinanana' and where she had the experience of touch and hand feed a bunch of Lemurs that came down the trees to the path looking for some food. Thank you very much Christine. This postcard took 15 days to arrive!
The Rainforests of the Atsinanana comprise six national parks distributed along the eastern part of the island. These relict forests are critically important for maintaining ongoing ecological processes necessary for the survival of Madagascar’s unique biodiversity, which reflects the island’s geological history. Having completed its separation from all other land masses more than 60 million years ago, Madagascar’s plant and animal life evolved in isolation. The rainforests are inscribed for their importance to both ecological and biological processes as well as their biodiversity and the threatened species they support. Many species are rare and threatened especially primates and lemurs.