And how many baobabs are there? These are among the key questions Madagascar need answers to for defining a sustainable harvesting model for baobab fruits. To contribute answering these questions and already prepare the field for such harvesting, Madagasikara Voakajy team spent 51 days in Menabe Region in June and July 2015.
Six of the nine species of baobabs in the world are endemic to Madagascar. Three of them are Endangered according to the IUCN Red List: Grandidier's baobab (Adansonia grandidieri), Perrier's baobab (A. perrieri) and the Diego baobab (A. suarezensis). The first is only found in the western part of Madagascar while the latter two are endemic to the northern tip of the country. Together, they are threatened by low recruitment in the wild. To mitigate this threat, we initiated a program to restore the baobab population in western and northern Madagascar.
The Diego Baobab, Adansonia suarezensis, is Critically Endangered on the IUCN RedList. The population in Diego do not think conservation efforts are required for this species. What should be done?
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|Perrier's Baobab Adansonia perrieri|