…. Fourth in the world in size, its fauna and flora is ninety per cent unique. In Madagascar there is a grand total of seven species of Baobab and two thirds of the world’s chameleons.
It is a land of stupefying biological richness, a full blown treasure island inhabited by splendid, friendly people, a country which stretches for one thousand five hundred kilometres into azure waters replete with multi-coloured fish and coral reefs. There are forests of every sort and it hosts lemurs as tall as children or tiny enough to fit into a coffee cup and moths the size of a fan…
(Taken from The Aye-Aye and I by Gerald Durrell)