Paradoxically, African Railroad Keeps Habitat Intact

When back-to-back hurricanes whiplashed the African island nation of Madagascar in February and March of 2000, Karen Freudenberger thought the Fianarantsoa Côte Est (FCE) railroad may have reached the end of its line.

“It was going on Band-Aids and bubble gum–that’s when the cyclones hit,” said Freudenberger, who is now leading a U.S. 13-million-dollar project to restore the railroad and prevent an environmental disaster in national parks bordering the tracks.