Some places on earth are fantastic for exploring. They seem to be an ideal way to pass a few days with family and friends, to frolic about while getting in touch with nature. A place to unwind, a place to relax.

But at Madagascar’s Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, this is far from the case. The landscape may be breathtaking, but at the same time it is literally life-taking. This is because of an unusual geographic feature characteristic of the region, called karsts. Simply defined, a karst is a topographical landscape that has been carved out from soluble rock, usually limestone. Dangerous as it may be, Tsingy de Bemaraha is a biological wonderland. New species are constantly being discovered every time scientists go there. After all, it’s not like a particularly easy place to conduct research.

Check out this video below. Though it’s in German, you don’t need to speak the language to see the wonders.