In this episode of Fun with Maps, host Dan Hanson looks at what has been called the 8th continent – Madagascar.
The map shows how isolated Madagascar is from the rest of the world and that makes it a hotbed of biodiversity - 90% of its wildlife is found nowhere else on Earth. It has varieties of plants and animals that do not exist anywhere else.
You’ve probably seen lemurs (endemic to Madagascar) but there are thousands of other unique animals and plants such as the fossa, chameleon, the baobab tree and more.
Dan also shows a quick look at the Spiny Desert of Madagascar exhibit in the Cleveland Botanical Garden.
Cleveland Botanical Garden - The Spiny Desert of Madagascar
Madagascar is such a unique area and host Dan Hanson had a lot of fun with this map.
Watch the video below.