'An enchanting book...poignant and passionate.'
'A captivating and absorbing account.'
Sir David Attenborough
Madagascar is one of the world's natural jewels, with over ninety per cent of its wildlife found nowhere else on Earth. Few people knew it better than the pioneering primatologist and conservationist, Alison Jolly. Thank You, Madagascar is her eyewitness account of the extraordinary biodiversity of the island, and the environment of its people.
At the book's heart is a conflict between three different views of nature. Is the extraordinary forest treasure-house of Madagascar a heritage for the entire world? Is it a legacy of the forest dwellers' ancestors, bequeathed to serve the needs of their living descendants? Or is it an economic resource to be pillaged for short-term gain and to be preserved only to deliver benefits for those with political power?
Exploring and questioning these different views, this is a beautifully written diary and a tribute to Madagascar.
Alison Jolly (May 9, 1937-February 6, 2014) was a world renowned primatologist known for her studies of lemur biology. She wrote for both popular and scientific audiences and conducted extensive fieldwork on lemurs in Madagascar.
Foreword - Hilary Bradt Introduction: My Adventurous and Astonishing Mother - Margaretta Jolly Chronology of events Dramatis Personae Map of Madagascar 1. 'Our country is committing suicide' Part I: Villages 2. Dancing in the Rainforest 3. Burning Baobabs, Death of Children 4. David Attenborough, Madame Berthe's Mouse Lemur, and School Among the Baobabs 5. Eleanor and the Aye-Ayes Part II: Politics 6. Where Indri Sing 7. Napoleon Versus the Zoos 8. The Bank Corrals the Donors 9. Dishing out the Dough 10. Our Cash Killed Bedo 11. The Bank Goes to the Forest Part III: Environment and Development 12. Golden Bamboo Lemurs of Ranomafana 13. Patricia Walked the Boundaries 14. The Village of the Fig Tree 15. Development Meltdown 16. Real Life and DreamWorks 17. President Ratsiraka 18. Madame Berthe was Dancing Part IV: Weather 19. Famine in the South 20. Lemurs Coping 21. Scientists, People, Lemurs: Berenty, Beza Mahafaly and Tsimanampetsotsa 22. Climate Change Part V: Money 23. Durban Vision; Rosewood Massacre 24. The New Mines 25. Where are We Now? References Photographic credits Index