The baobab is a majestic tree, so large that it became a traditional gathering place in Africa. Source of tales and sacred for several cultures, its massive trunks with roots look alike branches are one of the most emblematic shape of arid savannahs.
But in the last 10 years, after living through 1.100 to 2.500 years, nine of the thirteen oldest baobabs were find partially or totally dead.

The American biologist William Laurance foresaw their imminent disappearance after studying for thirty years the largest trees from all forests of the world. Their vulnerability to drought and storms, increased by global warming, may be the cause.


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