Madagascar -- School-age
Things to Know
Republic of Madagascar
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.
Currency: Malagasy Ariary
Languages: Malagasy and French
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.
Aye Aye ia a species of lemur.
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.
Narrow coastal plain, high plateau and mountains in center.
Sites to See
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).