1.) Roughly 160 million years ago Madagascar became an island after splitting from Africa. Afterwards, it was attached to the Indian subcontinent for a long period of time but then as the Indian subcontinent made its way towards Asia, Madagascar began to break apart.
2.) The vanilla crop was imported into Madagascar although its pollinators were not. Each individual vanilla blossom on Madagascar has to be pollinated by hand at one time. The Coca-Cola Company has been a major buyer of Madagascar vanilla.
3.) Madagascar is world-famous for its lemurs-a primate that resembles a cat crossed with a squirrel and a dog. Lemurs are endemic to Madagascar and exhibit interesting behavior including singing like a whale to sauntering across the sand like a ballet dancer.