In Madagascar many species have become nocturnal in a final desperate attempt to survive. Today, all of them are threatened by man.
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The loss of the jungles has consequences beyond land biodiversity, affecting the very pillars of life on Earth. Because the jungle is responsible for the equatorial rains and their existence directly affects the water, the climate and the atmosphere of the earth. And, nonetheless, man stupidly and blindly continues to destroy his benefactor.
In the countries of southeast Asia, the logging companies destroy the forest in search of tropical woods.
In Central America and the Amazon Basin, it is the cattle-breeders in search of pasture that burn and cut down the jungles.
But the greatest problem are the farmers living in poverty.
200 million people burn and cut down the forests in search of land for cultivation.
Without agricultural techniques, the land gives one or two crops and is then useless.
Then, the tropical rains, without the natural contention of the jungle, carry the soil off.
And what was a paradise of biodiversity becomes a desert impossible to ever regain.
There are places in the world where the evolution of species followed independent paths, giving rise to unique species, endemisms linked to an exclusive habitat, that set out on a solitary journey with an island, when this separated from the continents, or reached its coasts on floating islands over the course of the centuries.
Madagascar is one of these places that demonstrates the intricate dependency of all the members of each ecosystem; a dependency that makes each and every species vital.
The arrival of man in Madagascar, 2,000 years ago, threw dark shadows over a world forbidden to outsiders. And the balance of millions of years collapsed. Many species have become nocturnal in a final, desperate attempt to survive. Today, all of them are threatened by man. Since our arrival, half of the Madagascan jungles have disappeared and at least two dozen large animal species have been extinguished with them forever.