Scala Seminar: The Mad of Madagascar

The Mad of Madagascar: Place, plants, people

By Sue Wake, Senior Lecturer, Dip in Landscape Design & Cert in Home Garden Design, Unitec, Auckland.

Fourth largest island in the world, Madagascar has almost mystical status - an island jewel nestled in the Indian Ocean and a biological ark full of strange specimens like the legendary lemurs, found nowhere else. Like New Zealand it has a very high degree of endemism (approx. 90% of plants compared to NZ’s 80%) due to long geographical isolation. However, in Magagascar’s case, much of the wildlife blew, flew or swam across the Mozambique Channel and then developed into very divergent species from what is now found in Continental Africa. NZ’s development of species was instead one of isolated evolution. Another big difference is wealth - Madagascar is regularly listed as one of the 10 poorest nations. Sue Wake achieved a long-held desire to visit for 3 weeks in July 2017 and she will share the colour and beauty of the parts she visited - focused on plants although bewitched by the animals. 

NZILA CPD 0.5 points (category 3d). NZRAB CPD 10 pts (register to sign at seminar). ADNZ CPD 2 points. Work Experience points available for attending BLA students (10).

Building 1, Room 2075 (Lecture Theatre 1, level 2) Unitec Institute of Technology, Entry 1, Carrington Rd, Mt Albert. Parking adjacent to Entry 1, around Bdg 1 or behind Bd 12. Refer to the Mt Albert campus map, for the room refer to the room location map.

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