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This strange yet magnificent tree is only found on the island of Madagascar. Of the eight species of baobab, six can be found only in Madagascar. Grandidier’s baobab once grew in dry, deciduous forest but today exists in open, agricultural or degraded land.
Grandidier’s baobab is the most heavily exploited of all Madagascar’s baobabs with the fruit, seeds, wood and bark all being collected and used by local people for making rope and medicines. The greatest threat to this tree comes from the transformation of its habitat into agricultural land but it is also threatened by fire, overgrazing and bark collection.
Since 2008, working through Fauna & Flora International’s (FFI) partner in Madagascar, Madagasikara Voakajy, the Global Trees Campaign has been working to conserve Grandidier’s baobab by gathering vital information about this species so that protected areas can be established to conserve this unique tree for the future.
The outer bark is removed and broken into small pieces and sold as a calcium-rich medicine at local markets.