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The Evolution of Madagascar

Madagascar is the world’s oldest island, and the most endemic-rich ecosystem on Earth. Over 100 lemur species, half of the world’s chameleons, and every type of ecosystem imaginable. But since humans arrived, just 1500 years ago, and particularly over the last 200 years of development, Madagascar is now a global hotspot of critically endangered species. As little as 2% of it’s forest still stands. What’s left, is one hell of a story to tell.

The Evolution Of Madagascar follows the evolution of life over this incredible island, from the lush rainforests of the East, to the dry savannahs of the West. We meet soggy Bamboo Lemurs, fierce Panther Chameleons, and the people who have such a powerful presence on the land. We explore the life of some of the most remarkable ecosystems on the planet, and how they came to be the way they are today. In so doing, we discover what the life of Madagascar might look like in the future. The forest may have all but disappeared, but the spirit to save it is growing stronger every day.

The Evolution of Madagascar was shot ‘on the fly’ by Producer Andy Clark during a conservation expedition to Madagascar and, whilst studying MSc Ecology and Environmental Management at the University of York he met Peter Baumann, a Music Composition student who has produced the full musical score and sound design for the film. Now graduated, the two have become close friends and colleagues.

The Evolution of Madagascar was awarded Best Student Film at the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in New York, October 2016.

Use this film

How about a rainy-day film for schools?

The Evolution of Madagascar is a Natural History conservation film pitched at a level appropriate to GCSE and A-Level biology and geography. Some of the topics explored in the film include:

  • Tropical Ecology

  • Conservation Science

  • Deforestation

  • Habitat Diversity

  • Enforcement

  • Endemic and Endangered Species

  • Human Development

  • Agriculture and Conservation

All topics which are ideal for inquisitive and engaging debate around conservation practice, ethics and sustainability.

For more advice, contact Producer Andy Clark.

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