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Tree of life: Giant baobab turned into living water tank in Madagascar


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Tree of life: Giant baobab turned into living water tank in Madagascar

By Bethan Ackerley MEET Malaindrano, a giant baobab tree hollowed out to store water. It grows in Ampotaka, a village in the Mahafaly plateau region of Madagascar, where there are 300 baobabs for every 475 people. Each tree has a name and a family responsible for protecting it . Malaindrano means “he who hates water”.…

Tree of life: Giant baobab turned into living water tank in Madagascar

By Bethan Ackerley

baobab tree

MEET Malaindrano, a giant baobab tree hollowed out to store water. It grows in Ampotaka, a village in the Mahafaly plateau region of Madagascar, where there are 300 baobabs for every 475 people. Each tree has a name and a family responsible for protecting it .

Malaindrano means “he who hates water”. In fact, this baobab doesn’t hate water at all, but it is so big many people believe it has never been completely filled.

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Even semi-full, the trees are a vital store of water in one of Madagascar’s driest regions. Also known as bottle trees for their thick, cylindrical …

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