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Lemurs of Madagascar 2002-2005

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Madagascar is an Island on the Indian Ocean, located off the Southeastern coast of Africa. At 592,800 sq. km. it is the fourth largest island on the planet and is nearly ten times larger than Sri Lanka. In the year 2001, I expanded my apparel manufacturing business to the Republic of Madagascar to leverage the benefits offered by the USA to sub Saharan Africa under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), legislation passed during the tenure of President Bill Clinton to stimulate economic growth in this under developed region of the world. The main attraction of AGOA was duty free and quota free access to the USA market for apparel produced in a qualifying country. My factory was set up in Antananarivo, the capital, located in the center of the Island. Due to my business interests here, I had to travel to this part of the world regularly and this gave me the opportunity to visit a number of safari parks in the African continent.

Being an island that had separated with the breakup of the supercontinent Gondwana many millions of years ago, Madagascar has remarkable fauna and flora not found anywhere else in the world. Madagascar is home to a large variety of primate mammals known as lemurs. There are about 70 living species and subspecies of them found there. During the four years of my business activities in Madagascar, I visited a number of wild life parks in Madagascar. Andasibe-Mantadia National Park located on the Eastern side of Madagascar is famous for Indri, the largest among the Lemur family. Other parks I visited were Ankarafantsika NP in the Northwest, a ……….. NP in the North and a private reserve named ‘Berenty’, known for its Ring-tailed Lemur, in the South of the island. I have seen over ten different types of Lemurs during these visits. I also took images of different types of Chameleons that are endemic to Madagascar as well as some bird life.

It was at Andasibe-Mantadia NP that I used my first digital camera in the wild, a Nikon D2h, in June 2004 when I took pictures of the Lemur ‘Indri’. On that visit I was accompanied by Kelvin, a business partner from Singapore.

Madagascar is an Island on the Indian Ocean, located off the Southeastern coast of Africa. At 592,800 sq. km. it is the fourth largest island on the planet and is nearly ten times larger than Sri Lanka. In the year 2001, I expanded my apparel manufacturing business to the Republic of Madagascar to leverage the benefits offered by the USA to sub Saharan Africa under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), legislation passed during the tenure of President Bill Clinton to stimulate economic growth in this under developed region of the world. The main attraction of AGOA was duty free and quota free access to the USA market for apparel produced in a qualifying country. My factory was set up in Antananarivo, the capital, located in the center of the Island. Due to my business interests here, I had to travel to this part of the world regularly and this gave me the opportunity to visit a number of safari parks in the African continent.

Being an island that had separated with the breakup of the supercontinent Gondwana many millions of years ago, Madagascar has remarkable fauna and flora not found anywhere else in the world. Madagascar is home to a large variety of primate mammals known as lemurs. There are about 70 living species and subspecies of them found there. During the four years of my business activities in Madagascar, I visited a number of wild life parks in Madagascar. Andasibe-Mantadia National Park located on the Eastern side of Madagascar is famous for Indri, the largest among the Lemur family. Other parks I visited were Ankarafantsika NP in the Northwest, a ……….. NP in the North and a private reserve named ‘Berenty’, known for its Ring-tailed Lemur, in the South of the island. I have seen over ten different types of Lemurs during these visits. I also took images of different types of Chameleons that are endemic to Madagascar as well as some bird life.

It was at Andasibe-Mantadia NP that I used my first digital camera in the wild, a Nikon D2h, in June 2004 when I took pictures of the Lemur ‘Indri’. On that visit I was accompanied by Kelvin, a business partner from Singapore.

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