The country of Madagascar is located off the east coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. Some quick facts about Madagascar include:

  • It is the fourth largest island in the world after Greenland, New Guinea, and Borneo.

  • Madagascar is a continental island. Scientists believe it broke away from the African continent over 130 million years ago, but was only discovered by humans 2,000 years ago.

  • 80% of the animals found on the island are endemic to Madagascar. This means they are ONLY found on Madagascar. Some of these unique animals included 70 species of lemurs and 3,000 species of butterflies.

  • Madagascar the world’s largest producer of vanilla. Go check your kitchen cupboard! If you have vanilla it’s probably from Madagascar.

  • The capital of Madagascar is Antananarivo, but everyone calls it “Tana!”