Greetings from Antanarivo for the last full day.
Today was less biological and more about the people and culture of Madagascar. We journeyed to the site of the old palace for a bit of a history lesson about the Merina people of this area.
It was quite sobering to realise that much of the environmental devastation that we have observed was commenced under the Malagsy Kings. However it was wonderful to see a remnant of the original forest at this sacred site.
If there has been one major lesson from the trip is that we must use our resources sustainably. Once gone they can't be replaced and humans eventually suffer.
Madagascar should be a rich country, but the fear is that we are witness to a rapidly disappearing biological wonder.
I am sure the students have been affected by the wonder of what they have seen.
The chaos of Tana was evident in the 2 hours it took us to get to the palace, which was in truth a hill fort from which the king ruled.
After lunch we played tourists and ventured to the craft markets. These contained everything from oil paintings and silk screens to giant ammonites and insect collections.
Well we shall see u all back on the flip side.
9 students, 2 teachers and the land of biodiversity.
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