Islands of Wonder

Madagascar

The oldest island on Earth, Madagascar has been isolated longer than any other place in the world. Life here has had time to evolve in unusual ways, resulting in more unique wildlife than possibly any other island on the planet.

Madagascar

55m 11s

The oldest island on Earth, Madagascar has been isolated longer than any other place in the world. Life here has had time to evolve in unusual ways, resulting in more unique wildlife than possibly any other island on the planet.

Previews + Extras

  • Ring-Tailed Lemurs Battle Tough Terrain Searching for Food: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Ring-Tailed Lemurs Battle Tough Terrain Searching for Food

    S1 E1 - 2m 2s

    In the spiny forests of Madagascar, ring-tailed lemur troops might spend up to eight hours a day looking for food. The hostile environment is home to the euphorbia plant, which produces a sticky sap rich in fat. While the sap is known to burn human skin, ring-tailed lemurs have adapted to resist its corrosive powers, and it now acts as a major food source for this species.

  • The Baobab Tree: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Baobab Tree

    S1 E1 - 3m 47s

    In the village of Ampotaka, the dry season can last several months. In order to survive, its residents rely on the neighboring baobab trees passed on by their ancestors. When hollowed out, their trunks act as tanks to store water collected from the brief rains and can naturally hold over 20,000 gallons of water within their structures.

  • Lemurs Navigate the Grand Tsingy: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Lemurs Navigate the Grand Tsingy

    S1 E1 - 3m 47s

    The Grand Tsingy is home to over 500 square miles of sharp, limestone pinnacles, towering over 400 feet. The area’s deep ravines hold moisture and create pockets of fresh vegetation sought after by the Decken’s sifaka. With thick, rubbery soles and the ability to jump up to 30 feet, this species of lemur is able to cross the miles of exposed rock to feed themselves and their young.

  • The History Hidden in Madagascar’s Underwater Caves: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The History Hidden in Madagascar’s Underwater Caves

    S1 E1 - 3m 6s

    In Madagascar’s remote western desert, divers explore a hidden pool of water. Over 160 feet below the surface, this incredible underworld opens to over seven miles of connected tunnels and some of the largest underwater chambers in the world. Within these caves lies a graveyard carrying remains of now-extinct animals in Madagascar, including a lemur that once grew to the size of a gorilla.

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