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Comoros (1/3)

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Subjects: African Studies, Animals, Anthropology, Natural History, Nature, Ocean

Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: BBC
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 30 mins
Country of Origin: Great Britain
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2008
Available in French: No

This remote, little-known group of four small islands sit off the NW coast of Madagascar. With dinosaur fish, giant bats, and bubbling volcanoes are these forgotten islands the real Jurassic Park?

Textbook tropical islands, with palm trees fringing lonely golden beaches, the Comoros have a long history. Once on ancient trade routes for spices and perfume, they have become cultural melting pots. Now the islands are all but forgotten, but still grow the rare and precious ylang ylang flowers for the world's finest fragrances, their glorious scent still hangs in the air adding to the islands exotic appeal.

Saba discovers that despite their size the Comores have some extraordinary wildlife – Livingstone's flying fox (the world's largest bat) sweeps across the sky like a pterodactyl, mongoose lemurs roam the forests, tiny jewelled geckos scamper up palm trees, all beneath the shadow of one of the world's most active volcanoes, Karthala.

Saba explores the rich waters around the island where the colourful coral reef has barely begun to be studied, and where the prehistoric ‘dinosaur fish' – the coelacanth – makes its home.