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The first humans are thought to have arrived in Madagascar in boats from Borneo, Indonesia around 2,000 years ago.

Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world (after Greenland, New Guinea and Borneo) located in the western Indian Ocean. Due to its unique biodiversity, it is considered the eighth continent. Geologically, Madagascar separated from Gondwanaland 167 million years ago and was isolated from the rest of the world after separating from the Indian tectonic plate about 65 million years ago. Geologists consider the Palakkad breccia in the Western Ghats to be where Madagascar broke away from the Indian plate: the Angavo trapping in Madagascar and the Palakkad breccia in Kerala fit together perfectly.

Madagascar has a diverse landscape with narrow plains in the east, a mountain range in the center, and wide plains in the west. Due to its topography, a number of climatic regions exist in Madagascar leading to a very high speciation rate compared to the rest of the world.

The first humans are thought to have arrived in Madagascar in boats from Borneo, Indonesia around 2000 years ago. Later migrations took place from East Africa, Arabia, India and other parts of the world, giving rise to a diverse population consisting of 18 major ethnic groups. Members of these ethnic groups speak Malagasy, with some regional variations, a language rich in images, metaphors and proverbs, which is mainly of Indonesian origin, with some words derived from Kiswahili, Arabic and Sanskrit.

Baobabs. All photos © Abhay K

Madagascar is a global biodiversity hotspot and its unique flora and fauna are conserved through a network of national parks and protected areas, which includes more than 120 sites. The island has some 13,000 species of flowering plants, 89% of which are endemic. It is also the homeland of the baobabs. Of the eight baobab species found in the world, six are found exclusively in Madagascar. There are over 150,000 species of invertebrates, about 300 species of butterflies of which 211 are endemic to Madagascar, 283 species of birds, of which 51 percent are endemic, and over 110 species of pygmy mouse lemurs weighing no only 25 grams to Indri Indri, the largest surviving lemur, found only in Madagascar.

I arrived in Madagascar in March 2019 and immediately felt its magic with multiple illuminations happening within me while waking up to the chirping of birds, watching mynahs, hoopoes, black vasa parrots, red fodies, yellow wagtails , green geckos, color changing chameleons, butterflies and dragonflies of all possible colors, bees sucking nectar from flowers. Here I present the magic of Madagascar through a series of haiku and selected photographs taken by me while traveling through this magical island.

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a purple shower

Jacaranda flowers

who needs a red carpet?

Madagascar through haiku and photography on World Environment Day 2021 celebrating biodiversity hotspot

Jacaranda

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sea ​​of ​​innocence

giving off an amber light

lemur eyes

Madagascar through haiku and photography on World Environment Day 2021 celebrating biodiversity hotspot

Lemurs

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brilliant

frangipani flower

five petal sun

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from morning to night

hoopoe poetry

what are they singing?

Madagascar through haiku and photography on World Environment Day 2021 celebrating biodiversity hotspot

Hoopoe

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Always ready

for a party

red fody

Madagascar through haiku and photography on World Environment Day 2021 celebrating biodiversity hotspot

Red Fody

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dancing sifakas

rest at noon

unbearable heat

Madagascar through haiku and photography on World Environment Day 2021 celebrating biodiversity hotspot

White silky sifaka

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How many

green gecko likes

the bright winter sun

Madagascar through haiku and photography on World Environment Day 2021 celebrating biodiversity hotspot

Gecko

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calling out

walk barefoot

the tsingy of Bemaraha

Madagascar through haiku and photography on World Environment Day 2021 celebrating biodiversity hotspot

Tsingy of Bemaraha

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sporty mouse lemur peeping

out of the tree hole

happiness in Bemaraha

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stick insect at Isalo

always on the twig

try to find it!

Madagascar through haiku and photography on World Environment Day 2021 celebrating biodiversity hotspot

stick insect

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a haunting buzz

fills Andasibe

IndriIndri

Madagascar through haiku and photography on World Environment Day 2021 celebrating biodiversity hotspot

Indri-indri

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how innocent they look

siesta in Tsimbazaza

fierce pits

Madagascar through haiku and photography on World Environment Day 2021 celebrating biodiversity hotspot

Pit

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sing, fly, mate

they spend their days

Vasa Parrots

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stretching his arms

in prayer

the palm of a traveler

Madagascar through haiku and photography on World Environment Day 2021 celebrating biodiversity hotspot

Traveler’s Palm

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lonely panther chameleon

in Ivoloina

you don’t want company?

Madagascar through haiku and photography on World Environment Day 2021 celebrating biodiversity hotspot

panther chameleon

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greater bamboo lemur

busy eating leaves

how adorable

Madagascar through haiku and photography on World Environment Day 2021 celebrating biodiversity hotspot

greater bamboo lemur

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crested drongo

in the forest

can’t rest

Madagascar through haiku and photography on World Environment Day 2021 celebrating biodiversity hotspot

crested drongo

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long tail

Madagascan Cuckoo

who are you singing for?

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Abhay K is a poet, diplomat, publisher and translator. He is the author of nine collections of poetry.

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