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Madagascar comme vous ne l’avez jamais vu !

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Malagasy dhows (botry) Schooners that run along the western coast of Madagascar are called botry, old name given to the first ships that provided the trade between the islands of the Indian Ocean. In the rainy season, the main roads along the coast are impassable. Dhows and schooners are the only means of supply for many villagers. From Nosy Be to Tulear, captains of these "sea trucks" sail without instruments or navigation maps and whatever the weather, to transport commodities such as rice, dried fish, fruits, fuel, and the famous THB, the local beer. During our last expedition on the west coast, we met regularly dhows. At sunset, these wooden boats and the wildness of the coast reminds us of time of pirates. Many pirates took refuge in Madagascar but on the east coast. They even founded a republic that would have existed for about twenty-five years in the late seventeenth century. This republic was wearing the sweet name of Libertalia!

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Vezo child in Belo/mer market

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Baobab in moonlight In many ways, baobabs are mysterious. During the full moon, their strange and massive silhouettes are amazing! Baobabs are subjects of many legends. An african one narrated that God planted the tree upside down: the baobab tree was first planted in the Congo Basin, but he complained of excessive moisture and so God brought him on "the Mountain of the Moon" Ruwenzori but he was still unhappy. So God upset by his constant complaints, moved him finaly in a dry region of Africa and replanted him upside down. Another legend said in South Africa as the "Great Spirit" gave the trees to the first man, but also to each animal, the hyena was the last one and received the baobab! Furious, she planted it upside down.

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Nosy kumba boy doing his toilet at the well

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Catching the moon #Madagascar #Salary #Vezo #Moon #Children

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Magical instant #madagascar #salary #sea #children

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Dusk on Mangoky river #madagascar #mangoky #river #dusk #pirogue

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Mangoky river in the dawn #madagascar #mangoky #pirogue #dawn

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Andranopasy forest Located about fifty kilometers north-east of Morombe on the west coast, tho dry forest, very difficult to access, contains one of the most fantastic baobabs population of Madagascar. Approximately 60,000 trees (Adansonia grandidieri) live here, relatively undisturbed by human activities. The perfectly preserved ecosystem is ideal for studying baobabs and their habitat. Some parts of the forest can be considered as primary forest. No trace of human activity (villages, roads, scars on trees, traces of livestock) are visible. However, this forest has never been studied! We started to study it a few years ago. Using satellite images of very high resolution has enabled us to make a complete inventory of trees and cartography them. Most baobabs are mature and have sizes ranging between 15 and 25 meters circumference! A forest of giants! Their age is estimated between 300 and a thousand years for the oldest. We plan to protect this unique site in the world with stakeholders of biodiversity conservation in Madagascar. In addition, these trees have kept in their timber informations on climate and environment changes of this part of Indian Ocean. We also plan to study these changes with methods of dendrochronology.

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Delicate and rare flower of Adansonia perrieri Back to Antananarivo after a beautiful adventure in the north of the island with two important discoveries. We found 80 baobabs of Adansonia perrieri species (photo). This species is the most rare and was discovered only 50 years ago. We knew only 200 trees before the expedition. We have demonstrate that Adansonia perrieri is not as rare and endangered as we thought but it is very discrete and grows grouped in little populations in forests very difficult to access. The other big surprise is a group of Adansonia suarezensis (between 1000 and 1500 trees) also very rare in the National Park of Tsingy of Ankarana while the species had never been described there. This park hosts now 3 species including the two world's rarest, perrieri and suarezensis. It thus becomes the most interesting malagasy protected area to discover baobabs! We start a project of creation of a "baobab circuit" with Malagasy National Park. An exciting program for the coming years, which should help to know better baobabs and protect these remarkable trees. TV came to film us. For those who have french television, you'll be able to watch us in "Echappées belles", saturday 5 january 2013 at 20:30 on France 5

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