Madagascar is almost 1 000 km off of the east coast of South Africa, but is so different from its neighbour that it seems like a different world altogether. This island country is home to a wide array of land animals, most of which aren’t found anywhere else in the world. It is also populated by people who once made their way over the ocean from Asia. In 2010 the World Bank estimated that three quarters of the total population lives below the national poverty line, and because of this there is incredible pressure on the country’s natural resources with deforestation and loss of species becoming critical issues. Can a place be so poor and yet so rich at the same time? Have a look at these images and see what you think?