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Transcript of Madagascar Rainforest
Trinity Polk, and Rachel Porter Why is it globally important?
The Madagascar Rainforest is on the "Endangered Rainforest List". It is home to many endangered plants and animals. Some of these plants and animals are only indigenous to this rainforest. Also the rosy periwinkle, which is used to cure leukemia, is found here. Native plants and their adaptations
1. Orchids-They live in trees to hide from their predators.
2. Traveler's Tree- Has nectar to
attract lemurs to spread its pollen. Cooperation between and among species
1.Lemurs help spread seeds and are vital to some plants.
2.Leaf-cutter ants use plant leafs to make their home.
Competition between and among species
1.Fossa and Civets both compete for lemurs.
2. Bats and mice both eat bananas. Abiotic Factors:
4. Sunlight Native animals and their adaptations
1.Fossa-They hunt in trees to catch Lemurs.
2.Panther Chameleons-They have long
tongues & sticky saliva to help catch prey.
3.Sifakas-They hop sideways to
balance on their long legs.
4. Aye Aye-Have long claws to get
underground bugs. This rainforest is located in the
Indian Ocean near the East coast of Africa. The Madagascar Rainforest has the best recreational activities which are:
1. You can take a safari to see the lemurs which are found only in the Madigascar Rainforest.
2. There are many easy to explore caves.
There are about 200-300 km of caves. You
will find many species of bats living there.
3. Bird Watchers will love trying to find the
283 species of birds that live here.
4. This is a great place for Botanists to study our amazing plants like the orchids and travelers tree. Points of interest:
1.There are many different species of plants and animals.
2.There are many fun recreational activities to do as well. Humans cause deforestation, fires, and endanger many native plants and animals. There are many endangered species in this biome. In fact there are some primates on the "Top 25 World Endangered Species List" like the northern sportive lemur, silky sifaka lemur, and red-ruffed lemur. There is a fear of climate change for this biome. Less rainfall would affect the growth of the trees. This would cause the forest to shrink and take away the homes of many animals. Crops could dry up forcing some people to eat the lemurs and turtles. Also, many reptiles would not be able to adjust if temperatures rise a lot. Some other biomes near the Madagascar Rainforest that you can vist are the Plage Ankarena Beach where you can go whale watching, and the Lake Tritriva where there are beautiful volcanic lakes to see. The average temperature is 25-30 degrees celsius. If you want to travel to the Madagascar Rainforest you will want to pack light-weight clothes, and easy-to-wash shoes. You might want to bring extra sunscreen, a hat, with light-weight luggage that is easy to carry. Other things that you might want to bring are any medications that you need, your passport, and bandanas. Average rainfall is usually 130-140 inches per year and is rarely under 100 inches. There is little to no snow. Bibliography
Amsel, Sheri. “The Rainforest of Madagascar.” 2005-2012. http://www.exploringnature.org/db/detail.php?dbID=44&detID=589 (November 13, 2012).
Butler, Rhett. “Photographs of Madagascar “. 2004-2005. http://photos.wildmadagascar.org/ (November 13, 2012).
None cited. “Anti-cancer: Rosy periwinkle”. 2000-2012. http://www.livingrainforest.org/about-rainforests/anti-cancer-rosy-periwinkle/ (November 13, 2012).
None cited. “Madagascar Lowland Rainforest.” October 25, 2012. http://burns1.wikispaces.com/Madagascar+Lowland+Rainforest (October 25, 2012).
None cited. “Madagascar: Things to Do in Madagascar” 2012.
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None cited. “The “Eighth Continent”: Madagascar’s unique fauna and flora.”
http://www.madagascar-embassy.org/embassy/fauna+flora.html (October 25, 2012). A threat to this biome is that it is
losing forests due to logging. The tree removal leads to soil erosion. This is causing the forest to lose a lot of its soil. It also takes away the homes of many animals. Mining and hunting are also some main threats to this rain forest.