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Inquiry Question: Why would they not stop cuting down trees when they know its bad?

Central Idea #1: Madagascar is important to the envienment.


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Fact 1:
More than 22 million people live on the island, which is about twice the size of Arizona. Its capital is Antananarivo--ann-tuh-nan-uh-REE-voh. Farming and fishing are a big part of Madagascar's economy. The country is the world's top grower of vanilla, a plant used to flavor cookies, cakes, and many people's favorite kind of ice cream.
Many unusual plants and animals are found in Madagascar.
Not counting Australia, Madagascar is the world's fourth-largest island, after Greenland, New Guinea, and Borneo. Scientists think Madagascar separated from the mainland of Africa about 130 million years ago. Because it has been an island for so long, Madagascar has some of the world's most interesting and unusual plant and animal species. About 100 different types of orchids grow in Madagascar--including the vanilla orchid. The island is also home to the world's most endangered mammals, lemurs.

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Millions of people live on the island of madagascar. The capital of madagasca is called;
Antananarivo. You may thing; " What dose this have to do with Defoestaion- Saving Madagascars Rain Forest?" Well..
Knowing that madagascar is so important to the world can make you think a different way as just, " Oh, well i'll just go and cut down a cuple trees and make
something useles out of it." Take a baobab tree for example, some of them have trunks that people can live in. Maybe someone who dose not have a home might clean out the tree and then spend the night there. Madagascar is a small island, but still, it is for some things a important part of the world.

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Most lemurs are ARBOREAL, or tree-dwelling, animals. Madagascar's first human residents slashe and burned, and cut forests to create cropland, pasture, and firewood. Such DEFORESTATION, or clearing of forests, drastically shrank the lemurs' habitat. According to one estimate, 97 percent of the deciduous forests of western Madagascar have disappeared since the arrival of humans. DECIDUOUS trees shed all their leaves at the same time.
Though hunting lemurs is now illegal, deforestation continues.

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You would mostly see a lemur in a tree when the island of madagascar was not fond, but thees days you might see few lemurs in trees, and some people come from every where in the world just to see the playful littil animals. But defoesation is madagascars worst theat thees day's. 97% of the trees that are deciduous have been cut down.

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GENEVA--A rare tree frog found only in central Panama could soon croak its last, as ā€¨deforestation and infection push the species toward extinction, an environmental group said Tuesday.
The Rabb's fringe-limbed tree frog, which only became known to science four years ago, is one of 1,895 amphibian species that could soon disappear in the wild, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Switzerland-based IUCN surveyed a total of 47,677 animals and plants for this year's "Red List" of endangered species and determined that 17,291 of them are threatened with extinction.

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A rare tree frog can soon become extinct. Defoestation and infection are the great threats in madagascar thees days. Slash and burn is the most comon kind of deroestation. Burn stands for burning trees, bushes and many other plants. slash is kind of like cuting donw trees in a different way than using saw's, axes and other things.

Concluding Sentence: As you can see madagascar is very a important island, but, we still dont treat it fairly.
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Central Idea #2:
Madagascar is in danger!


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Some of the World's Most Wonderful Creatures Are in Dangerof Disappearing Forever. ANIMAL ACTION Checks Out...Ring-Tailed Lemurs
Wild lemurs are only found on Madagascar--an island off the African coast in the Indian Ocean. Humans started living on Madagascar about 2,000 years ago, and they were so puzzled by these cat-sized creatures that they gave them the name lemur, which means ghost in the native language of Madagascar.
It is not that lemurs are especially frightening, far from it, but the people of Madagascarthought they were mysterious as they did not know anything about them or what they did high up in the trees.
RING-TAILED STINKER
The ring-tailed lemur is one of many lemur species, named after its long, bushy tail ringed with black and white. The tail is used to communicate with other lemurs through smell as lemurs mark branches and even one another with scent. The males also use their tails to scare off others in stink fights. They rub their tails with smelly scent from special glands and then aim them at their opponents. So when a ring-tailed lemur waves its tail over its head to look as impressive as possible, it means it is in battle-mode and it is best to get away.

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Defoestation is one of the many things that kills lemures. the lemur is one of the worlds most endangerd mamal. most people know that lemurs are very endangerd but know one is takeing a stand to save the little animals. some are so small that they can fit on your pinky finger. the red-tailed lemur is one of the most comon lemur but is still the most endangerd mamal.

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Fifty experts from 16 countries met in Madagascar, an island country in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa, to discuss the problem. The report says that one in four of the 625 primate species and subspecies are in danger of becoming extinct.
Experts put together a list of the 25 primates that are most at risk. Some of those on the top of the list include the Eastern gorilla from parts of Africa and the Sumatran orangutan from Indonesia. Madagascarand Vietnam each have four primates on the list, while Brazil and Indonesia have three each. Other nations have one primate on the list including China, Kenya, Nigeria and Colombia.
Experts say that some of the species on the list may already be extinct, but it's hard to know because some animals are rarely seen. The report says that the first of the African primate species to become extinct will probably be the red colobus. The red colobus has not been spotted for decades.
Can Humans Help Save Primates?
Human activities such as deforestation, hunting for meat and illegal animal trade are the biggest threats to primates. "Without immediate steps to protect these unique creatures and their habitat, we will lose more of our planet's natural heritage forever," Mittermeier said.
He said protected areas must be created for these animals. A successful protection program in Madagascar helped remove some animals from the endangered species list in that country.

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fiftt people that are super good at solveing problem for endangerd animlas are in madagascar and are trying to save animals that can become extinced. some of the animals enclud eastern gorilas, lemurs, and the Sumatran orangutan. all thees animals are close to extinshion. we all need help from you to get help for them.

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Would you like to climb a tree 17 stories above the ground? That's what this scientist* is doing. She is looking for plants and animals no one has ever seen before. She is studying a tropical rainforest. More than half of all the animal and plant SPECIES (SPEE sheez) in the world live here. Scientists are discovering new species all the time. Many people live in the rainforest, too.
Tropical rainforests grow near the equator. Rain falls nearly every day and the temperature is always warm. There are so many trees that the rainforest is always dark and shady. It is filled with strange sounds and beautiful colors. The rainforest provides us with many products like fruits and nuts, rubber, chocolate, spices, and medicines.
Today, rainforests are in danger. More than half of the world's rainforests have already been cut down for lumberor for farming. When the trees are cut down, the plant life around them also dies. Then the rainforest animals have nothing to eat and no place to live. The land often floods because there are no trees left to soak up the water. People who try to farm on this land can only grow crops for a short time. The soil is so poor that they soon have to move on and clear more land.
Many people all over the world are working to save the rainforests.

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rain forests are very important to the world. some like the amozon rainforest are places where some animlas can only live there and some cant. the amzon has one of the rare dolfins that dose not live in the ocen! its the pink dolfin.

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Central Idea #3:
Endangerd animals in madagascar.


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Fact 1:
This island off the coast of eastern Africa is geographically diverse, making it an ideal spot to hunt for different types of ants. Towering mountain peaks and lush rain forests dominate the east, while low-lying deserts that receive almost no rain all year can be found in the west.
Fisher knew that in each of these unique habitats, different types of ants would be scurrying by the thousands in the soil and trees. To narrow his search, Fisher chose 140 sites--each with a unique combination of soil type and rainfall--to chase down these large ant colonies.

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Fisher tryed to save the forestes of madagascar and it worked! He fond 800 new kinds of ants. this made the people dicide that they could save the new kinds of ant by stoping people from cuting down trees past the protected area sine.

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The announcement was made in Madagascar by the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission. The group found that more than 90 percent of lemur species should be on the list of threatened or endangered species. In fact, one of the 103 species of lemur has only 18 known lemurs still alive. The results were "quite a shock," according to according to one wildlife conservation expert.
Unfortunately, the results are all too understandable. The landscape and the political situation in Madagascar have both changed a great deal in the past several years. Nearly 90 percent of the island's natural forest is gone, and experts say this is due mainly to illegal logging. Hardwood trees, such as ebony and rosewood, are highly prized in the furniture industry. Selling the valuable wood brings much needed income to the people of Madagascar, most of whom live on less than $2 a day. But the logging has destroyed most of the lemurs' natural habitat, forcing them into the few forested areas that remain.
Political instability in Madagascar has led to increased poverty and lax law enforcement, which has led to more logging. There has also been an increase in hunting lemurs for meat


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Are lemurs the most endangerd animals? if so, why would people not have taken a stand for lemurs a long time ago? Thats the kind of Q's a sientist would ask. people love thees little bundals of fur. If you saw a little brown thing in your bag while you are in madagscar you can asume that its a mouse lemur. thees are the smallest leums known to madagascar

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Fisher hopes that by documenting all of the unique ant species in Madagascar, he can help to save the country's rapidly disappearing forests.
Ninety-seven percent of the rain forests in Madagascar have already been cut down to make room for farmland. In an effort to save what remains, Madagascar's government has recently committed to tripling the number of protected forest regions in the country.
With Fisher's help, the decisions about which places should be saved will be guided in part by the ants that live there. "You have to decide which of those forest patches to protect based on the group of different species found there," he says. "[Documenting] arthropods like ants provides a very accurate, fine-scale view of the diversity of organisms in an area."
Fisher hopes that his research will help to protect Madagascar's dwindling forests. But what really drives him to battle bloodsuckers and endure burrowing worms? He loves the thrill of discovering unknown animals. "The greatest adventure is to discover everything about life on this planet," he says. "We have only begun to scratch the surface."

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Fisher is a person who loves ants, but madagascars forest are disappiring qicly! this means that ants will not have trees to survive. But fisher made the people of madagascar that killing the ants is the people to blame.

Conclusion Sentence: In conclusion i think that if we all want to save the lemurs, ants and other animals that live on madagascar we need to take a stand for them!