Photo: Madagascar Creates Millions of Acres of New Protected Areas



Lemurs are just one of the many types of animals found only on the African island of Madagascar.

The country's government recently announced that it is establishing 15 new conservation areas encompassing a total of 2.65 million acres (about a million hectares) to help protect that unique wildlife. The additions increase the island's total protected land to more than 9 million acres (3.7 million hectares).

Photograph by Maria Stenzel/NGS


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