Protect Iconic Baobab Trees From Habitat Destruction and Climate Change

Target: Barbara Creecy, Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, South Africa

Goal: Protect threatened wildlife from climate change and destructive human activity.

Southern Africa’s baobab trees could soon go entirely extinct as elephants, driven out of their usual habitats, over-rely on the trees for moisture amid climate change-induced drought. Renowned the world over for their enormous size, their centuries-long lives, and their stunning otherworldly beauty, these trees can store up to 80% of their mass in water, equivalent to as much as 37,000 gallons. While this allows baobabs to survive for long periods in arid regions, it also means they’re a precious source of water for the elephants of South Africa’s Mapungubwe National Park.

There, over 130,000 African elephants have been forced together with inadequate food and water. To survive, they gouge into the trunks of the giant baobabs to consume the moist pulp inside. The resilient trees have evolved to recover from damage like this, but as industrial pollution, drought, and increasing human settlement force more and more elephants into parks like Mapungubwe, the trees will gradually weaken and die.

These famous trees are a crucial part of southern African ecosystems, and swift action must be taken to save both them and the many animals and plants that depend on them. Sign the petition below to demand that steps be taken to save them now.


Dear Ms. Creecy,

Mapungubwe National Park in Limpopo Province is home to many of the world’s most stunning baobab trees. These trees, crucial to the health and vitality of local ecosystems, are fast becoming yet another victim of climate change as desperate elephants ravage them for moisture. The elephants and the trees are both victims of rapidly-encroaching human settlement and industry as well as droughts caused by rising global temperatures.

I urge you to enact measures to increase the water supply to elephants in South Africa’s national parks, to ensure both their survival along with that of the baobabs.


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