L’allée des baobabs or avenue des baobabs is a group of baobabs that line the dirt road between Morondava and Belon’i Tsiribihina in the Menabe region of western Madagascar. A dozen trees 30 meters high border this avenue, of the species Adansonia grandidieri, endemic to Madagascar. Baobabs, over 800 years old, known locally as renala (Malagasy for “mother of the forest”), are a heirloom of the dense tropical forests that thrived in Madagascar. The madagascar bababs cannot adapt to climate change. There are eight species in the world and six of them are endemic to madagascar. Four of the six species present on the island may not survive the increase in climatic seasonality, according to a study we carried out within a team made up of researchers from CIRAD, the University of Picardy, the Fofifa from Madagascar and the University of Santa Catarina in Brazil, a study published in the journal Global Change Biology. Our results are worrying because they show that four of the seven species present in Madagascar may not survive the increased seasonality of the climate. Among the most endangered species, two live in the far north, the very rare and inconspicuous Adansonia perrieri and the Adansonia suarezensis found in the Diego Suarez region. It is urgent to realize the threat to the species concerned and to protect them. Finally, if you want to do a good deed, you can sponsor a young baobab of the suarezensis species with the Cap Diego Reboisement association, which plants it every year. The priority remains to slow down current deforestation to ensure the conservation of fragile giants in areas where climate change will be the least unfavorable to them.
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