Where man was born

Published by Giant Trees Foundation
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Africa 2020

The biggest baobab has not been measured jet

At least it there is no record of a precise measurement, as baobab are giant trees that change dimensions according to the season and the amount of water they manage to store. They are the equivalent of camels for the plant kingdom, as they are able to store incredible amounts of rain water in the trunk, and they use it in order to survive through dry seasons. What’s more, with hot temperatures baobab lose their leaves so that they can avoid transpiration: this is the moment they appear like dead trees to the travellers who cross the dry lands of Africa.

The truth is they are just waiting for the right moment to get new leaves: the rainy season. Because of their shape and growth habit they may appear like “upside-down trees”, bearing roots to the sky like held-out hands to the infinite.

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Most of these giants have completely empty trunks

As a matter of fact, the empty room inside some trees has been used for building bars and lodges.

Our expedition aims at measuring these trees, the holes inside of them, their seasonal “breath”, causing a constant change in shape. And we certainly aspire to discover the animal world living around them: jaguars, ants, poisonous reptiles and all the insects hiding in cavities or resting through the branches.

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