Madagascar succulent woodlands

WWF Abstract

Some people call the island of Madagascar "the seventh continent" because it is so different from any other place on Earth. Isolated from the African mainland for at least 150 million years, this island shows extremely high rates of endemism and diversity. Scientists estimate that 85 percent of the 12,000 species of flowering plants here are endemic. The Madagascar Succulent Woodland ecoregion in southwest Madagascar is a unique mosaic of succulent (cactus-like) plants and deciduous forests. In this ecoregion, you can find plants and animals unlike any others in the world, such as the thorny, columnar, cactus-like Didierea madagascariensis, giant jumping rat, flat-tailed tortoise, and seven kinds of lemurs.
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Biome:Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Area:19,711,999 acres (7,977,163 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
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Protected Areas

Isalo National Park
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER