<p>Photo: Madagascar sifaka sitting on a branch</p>

Ninety percent of the plants and animals found on the island of Madagascar evolved there and nowhere else. All of the country's 70-plus species of lemur—including this sifaka—are considered endangered. To help protect them and other unique species, the government has set aside more than nine million acres (3.7 million hectares) of land.

Photograph by Hermann Erber/Photo Library

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