Spring Baobab Guardians

Spring Baobab Guardians

The baobab guardians tree planting project has to date, planted and nurtured 75 trees which can now fend for themselves without needing protection from foraging domestic animals. Read about our latest guardians…

2018 April: The Little BIG BAOBAB Book spreads its wings

2018 April: The Little BIG BAOBAB Book spreads its wings

Inspired by her PhD research on baobab trees, Dr Sarah Venter wans to make the fascinating information usually available only in obscure scientific papers, available to a much broader audience including children. The Little BIG BAOBAB book is for everyone who loves baobab trees…

Talk at the University of Limpopo

Talk at the University of Limpopo

Biology and Zoology students of the University of Limpopo enjoy learning about how baobab fruit help to support rural livelihoods and the conservation of baobab trees.

2016 Oct: Baobab Pollination – become a citizen scientist for a weekend!

2016 Oct: Baobab Pollination – become a citizen scientist for a weekend!

Do you live near a baobab tree? Calling all citizen scientists! We need YOUR help to find out how baobab pollination really happens in SA. Join the Baobab Blitz on 18th & 19th November and help us figure out what’s pollinating our Baobab trees. Is it bats? Is it hawkmoths? You could be instrumental in helping us find out once and for all!

2016 Aug: The Little BIG BAOBAB Book

2016 Aug: The Little BIG BAOBAB Book

Inspired by her PhD research on baobab trees, Dr Sarah Venter wanted to make the fascinating information usually available only in obscure scientific papers, available to a much broader audience including children. The Little BIG BAOBAB book is for everyone who loves baobab trees…

2015 Jun: EcoProducts Foundation: Baobab Guardians Programme

2015 Jun: EcoProducts Foundation: Baobab Guardians Programme

A little while ago I told you about our Baobab Preschool Programme which our EcoProducts Foundation is supporting.  Another project that we’re so excited about is the Baobab Guardians programme. The baobab tree takes 200 years to produce its first fruits, can live for over 1000 years, survives and even flourishes in almost desert-like conditions; […]

2014 Jun: Coppicing Baobabs

2014 Jun: Coppicing Baobabs

When baobabs are still young they are vulnerable to damage.  This young baobab was damaged at the base, but it was helped to survive by coppicing (sprouting).  After a few years most of the coppice shoots die but two or three remain leaving the tree to develop into a multistemed tree which you can clearly see in […]

2014 Jun: Baobablets Abound!

2014 Jun: Baobablets Abound!

I went to visit Blessing to see how her seedlings are getting on.  Blessing’s seedlings are looking lovely.  They were planted in Feburary this year just after a community training workshop on how to grow baobabs.  Soon the seedlings will lose their leaves for the winter and look like sticks and then in the spring […]

2014 Mar: Baobab seedling in the wild – will it survive?

2014 Mar: Baobab seedling in the wild – will it survive?

I always get excited when I see baobab seedlings emerging from the earth near or under the baobab trees.  It shows that the seeds are viable and that the weather was perfect.  Unfortunately their survival is very slim because of the harsh climate they need to survive in and because they are simply too delicious […]