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Madagascar’s labyrinth of stone

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Madagascar’s Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, situated in the Melaky region on the country’s west coast, is home to some of the world’s most diverse wildlife. On an African island famous for its biodiversity (90% of the species in Madagascar are found nowhere else on Earth), the largely unexplored park is an island unto itself, a kind of bio-fortress that is nearly impenetrable thanks to the massive limestone formation that runs through it. (Stephen Alvarez/National Geographic Stock)

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Madagascar pochard

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World population - 60

Eighteen Madagascan pochards – the world’s most endangered duck – have hatched in a captive breeding centre.

This brings the world population of the ducks to just 60.

The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, the groups leading the captive breeding programme, say this “builds hope that the bird can be saved from extinction”.

The newly hatched ducklings represent almost one third of the entire world population of Madagascan pochards

The precious pochards (Aythya innotata) are being reared at a specially built centre in Antsohihy, Madagascar.

The ducks were thought to have become extinct in the late 1990s, but were rediscovered in 2006, when conservationists on an expedition spotted just 22 birds at a single site – Lake Matsaborimena (or Red Lake), in northern Madagascar.

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