Baobab Elephant Project
Protection of adult baobabs
Elephant numbers in many of the national parks around southern Africa are too high and as a result debarking and wood gouging has lead to these parks loosing hundreds of baobab trees. In South Africa elephant numbers in Mapungubwe National Park have increased dramatically over the last decade as a result of the security fence between Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa being removed. In other national parks, such as Gonarezhou National Park and Mana Pools National Parks in Zimbabwe high numbers of baobab trees as well as riverine habitats have also been lost to elephant damage.
Why did we start the Baobab Elephant Project?
In 2022 trials conducted in Mapungubwe National Park in South Africa found that wrapping baobabs in diamond mesh was a practical, low-maintenance and long-term solution to protecting baobabs from elephant damage in the park.
The baobab trees that were wrapped in diamond mesh were completely untouched by elephants compared to the trees which did not have mesh. The mesh was found to be unobtrusive, and many people only noticed the mesh when they were a few meters away from the tree.
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