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‘Mother of the forest’: why local enthusiasm could be the baobab’s saviour

Georgina Magin, Fauna & Flora International’s Global Trees Campaign manager, writes about her recent trip to visit some of Madagascar’s most charismatic flora.

Giant in size, distinct in shape, its physical presence is impressive. It is also a great provider, not only for the bats that feed on the nectar and perform vital pollination services (it was the bats that got Voakajy interested in the trees in the first place), but also for humans who eat the plentiful and nutritious fruit, use its bark for roofing, rope and medicines, and extract oil from its seeds. MORE…