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Over 10,000 endangered tortoises are rescued in Madagascar

International conservationists in Madagascar have been treating more than 10,000 critically endangered radiated tortoises that were seized from traffickers who crammed the creatures into a home with no access to food or water.

94 deaths from plague in Madagascar, U.N. health agency says

GENEVA – An unusually large plague outbreak in Madagascar has taken 94 lives, the World Health Organization said Friday. The number of suspected cases has reached 1,153, Dr. Ibrahima Soce Fall, Africa emergencies chief for the U.N. health agency, told reporters in Geneva.

Penguins deliver winning wit

From their first appearance in “Madagascar,” Skipper, Kowalski, Private and Rico have been committing grand theft scene-stealing. The four lovable, military-minded penguins became an instant fan favorite with their can-do attitudes. Finally, the Penguins – voiced by Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights and Conrad Vernon – are the stars of their own feature film. “The Penguins of Madagascar” tells the story of how the four became buddies and work together to make the world a safer place.

Lemurs’ plight fills Imax screen

Morgan Freeman intones in a movie trailer: A family of castaways is swept out to sea, to land on a mysterious island. What happens next on the island of Madagascar, in the Indian Ocean, takes millions of years.

Years later, couple return to Peace Corps; this time it’s Madagascar

At a time when most people their age are starting to think seriously about retirement, Bob and Jean Auerbach are getting ready to start the adventure of their lives – again. At the end of February, the south Spokane couple will leave on a 27-month Peace Corps mission to Madagascar.