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Saving the world one seed at a time

November 25, 2007
Posted in Green News

If you love baobabs, then Madagascar is the place to go. The island has six species of the “upside down tree”, South Africa has only one. It’s also the only place in the world you’ll find lemurs in the wild. In fact, about 70 percent of the plants and animals here are endemics (live nowhere else on Earth).

The island split from the African continent tens of millions of years ago, allowing its inhabitants to evolve in isolation, undisturbed by human beings until 2,000 years ago. But countless species in this biodiversity hotspot are gone and many others face extinction. Britain’s Kew Gardens is trying to do something about it.
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