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The revival of wild silk in one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots is helping to protect forest areas by improving the economic situation of local people.
The island nation of Madagascar is famed for its amazing concentration of rare and endemic species. In the northern rainforests live species such as the endangered ring-tailed lemur and the aye-aye, the world’s largest nocturnal primate. In the southern savannas grow majestic baobab trees and alien-looking orchids. The island is a “biodiversity hotspot,” home to more than 10,000 species that exist nowhere else on Earth. Madagascar also holds a less-happy distinction: It…
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by: Brian Barth – Summer 2015