Madagascar is an African island country that sits in the Indian Ocean and is located in a southeasterly direction from the lower half of the African continent. It is one of the biggest islands in the world and is known for its diversity of animals and plants. Some are extremely rare and endangered.
Madagascar has many natural resources which continue to be used by its population to support the economy. The people speak various dialects of Malagasy and enjoy dance, theatre, and sports such as martial arts. The major industries are agriculture, textiles, mining, and tourism. Climate change continues to challenge the island nation.