Madagascar -- School-age

Madagascar

Madagascar map

Things to Know

Malagasy Republic
Republic of Madagascar
Repoblikan'i Madagasikara
Multiparty republic

The world's fourth largest island. Southern Africa, island off the east coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean.

Madagasikara is the name of the island in Malagasy.

Capital: Antananarivo

Currency: Malagasy Ariary
Banknotes of Madagascar
Languages: Malagasy and French

Madagascar map
Madagascar globe

Animals

Because of its isolation most of its mammals, half its birds, and most of its plants exist nowhere else on earth.

Lemurs live in the wild only on the African island of Madagascar and a few neighboring islands.
Lemur tree-hopping, furry primate.
Lemurs, Ring-Tailed is the national animal of Madagascar. -National Geographic Creature Feature.
Aye Aye ia a species of lemur.

Chameleons creature feature

Madagascar Day Gecko
One of the largest geckos in Madagascar.

Ring-tailed lemur
Ring-tailed Lemur

The Real Animals of Madagascar
Information on some of the better known animals in Madagascar.

Giant Hissing Cockroach

Lowland Streaked Tenrec
lives mainly in the rainforests in Madagascar.

Fossa
The fossa is Madagascar's largest mammal, a cat-like, carnivorous mammal.

Climate

Tropical climate with two seasons. A rainy season (December-April) and a dry season (May-November). The island is heavily exposed to tropical cyclones which bring torrential rains and destructive floods.

Land

The Geography of Madagascar
Narrow coastal plain, high plateau and mountains in center.

Plants

Baobab Tree
Baobab Tree

Flowers of Madagascar

Over 1,000 species of orchids grow on the Madagascar island.

The poinciana is the national flower of Madagascar. The Royal Poinciana or Flamboyant (Delonix regia) is a flowering tree with vivid red/yellow flowers and bright green foliage.

Poinciana
Poinciana

Things to Do


Make Paper Orchids (school-age
Print the template, color, cut, glue.

Fun Facts

The true Malagasy serves his meal, as is done in most parts of Africa, on a mat on the floor. Everything is put down at the same time--but in the cities individual plates are used and the utensil is a large spoon (no knives or forks are used).

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