A Species-Rich Island

Madagascar is one of the most richly biodiverse places on the planet. Isolated from the continent at the end of the Cretaceous period approximately 85 million years ago, at a time when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth, this country is home to species that are unique worldwide.

Lemurs are part of these species that are considered endemic to the island of Madagascar. There are five distinct families in all, divided into 15 genera, then into 103 species and subspecies!

The lemurs represented at MIM2013 are of the ring-tailed species, considered near-threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The pieces of this creation were among the most difficult to achieve as mosaiculture because of the animals’ small size, and because of the in-motion effect sought.

Madagascar-MIM2013-Copyright, Guy Boily

A production of Madagascar – Photo Guy Boily