Rare Animals Make Africa Island Park True Hot Spot

Thousands of plants and animals on the African island nation of Madagascar are found nowhere else in the world. Within this treasure trove of biodiversity, the crown jewel is a seven-year-old national park on a peninsula in the northeast corner.

“Certainly, it is a hot spot within a hot spot,” said James MacKinnon, a conservation biologist with the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society who serves as the technical advisor for Masoala National Park.