Photo story: Madagascar’s famous “upside down tree”

Grandidier’s Baobab, or “the upside down tree”, is arguably Madagascar’s most iconic species. However it is severely threatened by fire, slash-and-burn farming, over-grazing (which inhibits regeneration) and damage from bark removal by local communities. This has led to its listing as Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

FFI is working to save the species through our Global Trees Campaign and our local partner Madagasikara Voakajy. Together we are helping to work with local people to find solutions to the tree’s overuse and supporting the conservation of an important protected area.