the rugged north and its lezten primary forests
Marojejy (or Marojevy) National Park is a 60,150 hectare rugged and wild mountain area in the North Madagascar. It is located between 75 to 2,200 m altitude in one of the most beautiful and impressive virgin areas of the country. The magic of this beauty comes from its absolute originality: to 90% the area is covered with primary forests. It is characterized by lush hills of endless green rainforests, where shrubs, ferns, mosses and lichens hang from the branches and stretch up towards the sunlight. The inaccessibility of the area has created a natural laboratory that houses a unique flora and fauna. For a long time only scientists had access to the park, which was founded in 1952. For several years, however, it has been open to the public. In June 2007, in recognition of its unprecedented biodiversity and breathtaking landscapes, it was officially designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site declared. Nevertheless, the park is acutely endangered, as the resident members of the Tsmihety tribe still practice their traditional slash and burn (tavy). During the political crisis in 2009, trees were reportedly cut down within the national park, the timber of which is traded as precious wood.