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Fredrick Ngugi November 30, 2017
Atsinanana Rain Forests

Atsinanana Rain Forests in Madagascar. Photo credit: WWF

Atsinanana Rain Forests, Madagascar

The Atsinanana Rain Forests, which were included in the list of World Heritage Sites in 2007, comprise of 13 specific regions in six national parks in eastern Madagascar. These include Marojejy National Park, Madoala National Park, Zahamena National Park, Ranomafana National Park, Andringitra National Park, and Andohahela National Park.

The forests play a critical role in maintaining a favorable ecological process for the survival of the country’s unique biodiversity. They are celebrated for their biodiversity, which includes many rare and endangered species, especially lemurs and other primates. The forests were listed as endangered in 2010 following political and civil unrest in the country. They also face the threat of illegal timber cutting.


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