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From Executive Producer Mike Gunton (Life) comes a fascinating exploration of one of the most unique habitats in the world, Madagascar! For 65 million years, Madagascar was lost to the world, isolated, undiscovered and untouched by humans. Left to its own devices it became a hotbed of evolution, resulting in the greatest concentration of unique creatures anywhere on the planet. More than 80% of Madagascar's animals and plants are found nowhere else on Earth. Recognized as one of the world's most important biodiversity hotspots, this is an Alice-in-Wonderland island of eccentric animals, outlandish plants and extraordinary landscapes. It is a truly remarkable island. In this three-part landmark series from the BBC and Animal Planet, viewers will discover what makes Madagascar different from the rest of the world, and how evolution created an island rivaling the Galapagos for mystique, beauty and scientific wonder.
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David Attenborough narrates as he often does and as usual is very educational and anecdotal. He explains quickly on in the series that the story of Madagascar is more than anything the story of Lemurs, a type of about 100 primates endemic to the island. They have evolved there for over 60 million years, isolated from the rest of the world and are unique in ways that epitomize the adjective.
Some Lemurs seem to dance as they run. Others live their entire lives in reeds on the shore of a single lake. A few of them are nearly the size of a human being and one is the smallest primate in the world. All of them are fascinating and require no humanizing, each seeming to share many characteristics with their globe-covering, pollution-generating relatives. Sadly, many of them are also in serious danger of not having any more birthdays.
More than usual, Attenborough teaches the watcher how Madagascar is a good place to study man's impact on wildlife. It is a place that remained untouched by man for longer than most and which held on to its animals and environment longer than often is the case. In addition the very good cinematography and narration, the bonus features aren't bad either. One is a special where the narrator looks for clues about what happened to a giant Madagascan bird that measured twelve to sixteen feet tall but which has been long extinct. The other is a story about a woman who spent a week or so hanging out with Lemurs at a nature escape. Both are very nice. All around, this production is educational, fun and as with most BBC productions, reminds us why we should do everything we can to protect what is left of our wild places in the world.
Advertised as new but it is clearly not. Under the shrink wrap the case was scuffed up and there were pieces of different packaging stuck to the case.
2 stars instead of one because the discs were miraculously not scratched even though they were not properly seated and were just sliding around inside the case. Will replace the case myself and make a note not to buy from the seller "Two Thumbs Up" again.
It covers the swath of areas of Madagascar; showing the variety of ecosystems - with amazing video coverage of the varied wildlife from the largest lemur down to small insects.
Visually stunning and full of information on each special animal specie living in each unique habitat of the island. Well worth your time and money. A true gem in my collection. :)
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