‘Shocking’ die-off of Africa’s oldest baobabs: study


The iconic tree can live to be 3,000 years old and one in Zimbabwe is so large that up to 40 people can shelter inside its trunk

Some of Africa’s oldest and biggest baobab trees—a few dating all the way back to the ancient Greeks—have abruptly died, wholly or in part, in the past decade, researchers said Monday.


The trees, aged between 1,100 and 2,500 years and some as wide as a bus is long, may have fallen victim to climate change, the team speculated.

“We report that nine of the 13 oldest… individuals have died, or at least their oldest parts/stems have collapsed and…

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