Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mother of the Forest

“These baobab trees on Madagascar are up to 800 years old,” writes Marsel van Oosten. Locally known as “mother of the forest,” the baobab forms a micro-ecosystem of its own, supporting life for both animals and humans, van Oosten says. “Old hollow baobabs are a home to snakes, bats, bush babies, bees, and sometimes even humans. More importantly, the tree is an important source of water—it can store up to 4,000 liters of water in its trunk. For Africa, it is literally the tree of life.”



from National Geographic http://ift.tt/1FrkLZJ

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