Traveling to Seychelles and Madagascar: Rare and Endangered Species Off the Coast of Africa
A Inside Look at Tanya Johnson’s Upcoming Trip to Madagascar
Tanya Johnson has always considered herself an animal lover. As a seasoned world traveler, Ms. Johnson has had the pleasure of seeing some of the world’s most endangered species in person. She loves learning about new species of animals and supporting the ecosystems they call home. Protecting local species from harm is often a group effort. Members of the local community, businesses, and environmental organizations must work together to safeguard the surviving members of certain endangered species.
This month Tanya Jonson plans to visit Seychelles in the Indian Ocean and Madagascar. January looks to be one of the most eventful months in recent memory for Tanya Johnson. Learn more about her upcoming adventures and why these destinations are so close to her heart.
Visiting the Animals of Madagascar
The island of Madagascar has been relatively isolated from the rest of the world for 88 million years. It has one of the most diverse wildlife populations of any country on the planet. Many of these animals can only be found in Madagascar, which is why Ms. Johnson is so excited to visit.
During her journey, she plans to spend her time learning about local endemic species and the natural habitats that support them. Some have referred to Madagascar as the world’s eight continent for its distinct ecology. It was recently named a biodiversity hotspot by Conservation International, a leading nonprofit environmental organization in the U.S.
Deforestation and destructive farming techniques continue to threaten the many species of Madagascar. Researchers estimate that around 40% of the island’s original forest cover was lost from the 1950s to 2000. To protect native species, the country unveiled the Durban Vision back in 2003, a plan to more than triple the country’s protected natural areas.
The nation is known for its extensive lemur population. Yet, a 2012 study found that 90% of native lemur speciesare faced with the threat of extinction. Madagascar is also home to two-thirds of the world’s chameleon species. Around 80% of the island’s flora, including orchids, palms and rare ferns, can only be found in Madagascar, giving Ms. Johnson a chance to see some of the most beautiful and exotic plants in the world.
The Diverse Wildlife of the Seychelles Islands
Seychelles is an archipelago just off the coast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. This tiny island nation is known for its rich, eclectic wildlife, natural ecosystems, and aggressive conservation efforts. Numerous endangered species have been able to thrive on these islands. Humans haven’t occupied the country as long as they have other regions with similar ecosystems, such as Hawaii and Mauritius. However, the region is currently dealing with coral bleaching and rising sea levels, both of which have begun to threaten the islands’ biodiversity.
Seychelles is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the atoll of Aldabra, the world’s largest ring-shaped coral reef, and the Vallée de Mai on Praslin island, oncethought of as the original site of the Garden of Eden for its vibrant natural fauna. Around 40% of the nation’s land territory has been designated as various national parks. Seychelles will soon become the first nation to have half its land protected.
During her trip later this month, Tanya Johnson hopes to see some of the country’s most famous animals, including giant tortoises, the Seychelles magpie robin, and the extremely rare Seychelles black parrot, the national bird. She also plans on visiting the islands’ coral reefs where bleaching continues to be a major problem. The peoples of Seychelles depend on these reefs for biodiversity and tourism. Tanya Johnson hopes to learn as much as she can about the nation’s conservation efforts, while supporting these ecosystems in any way possible.
Tanya Jonson is more than enthusiastic to visit these unique destinations and see some of the world’s rarest creatures. There’s plenty more excitement coming your way. Stay tuned to hear more about her upcoming adventures.