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1961: Zoo Quest to Madagascar. Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild I: BBC 2012
Smell is of particular importance to the primates that live in Madagascar: the lemurs. David Attenborough, Life e10: Primates, BBC 2009
This is the story of an ancient island, an extinct giant, a mystery that I’ve been puzzling over half my life. Fifty years ago I came here to the island of Madagascar ... It was one of the first natural history series I made. David Attenborough and the Giant Egg, BBC 2011
The largest egg ever laid by anything. ibid.
Studies about gigantic birds had been circulating in Europe since the thirteenth century. ibid.
It had been a French colony. ibid.
The Elephant Bird: beyond the legends, what do we know of it? ibid.
It is estimated that the Elephant Bird weighed half a ton ... The heaviest bird that ever existed. And of course it was flightless. ibid.
Eggs were a huge source of nourishment. ibid.
As you go south it gets hotter and drier. ibid.
Giant lemurs disappeared over a very short space of time. ibid.
Madagascar was one of the last places on Earth to be reached by human beings ... Today around twenty million. ibid.
Madagascar is the home of the chameleons. ibid.
Anthropomorphism run riot – but there you are, that’s what I wrote. ibid.
This beautiful lemur has now become a symbol of the fight to save the forest. ibid.
The untamed island nation of Madagascar where local villagers say a small but terrifying creature is on the attack. Destination Truth s4e6
Eye witnesses across Madagascar have reported run-ins with a small hideous creature called the Kalanoro. ibid.
Eye witnesses describe the creature as short, hairy and humanoid. Standing just three feet tall. ibid.
A legendary massive monster bat called the Fangalobolo – believed to swoop down and scalp unsuspecting villagers at night ... Up to four feet tall with a more than six-foot wingspan. Destination Truth s4e8, Skyfy 2010
Humans first reached Madagascar two thousand years ago. Using out-rigged canoes like this one. Although Africa is only three hundred miles to the west, they actually came from Indonesia, several thousand miles to the east. And what they found here must have astonished them. What Killed the Mega-Beasts? Discovery 2002