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Re: KNP baobabs headed for extinction?

Unread post by johanrebel » Tue Jan 08, 2013 8:12 pm

I asked staff at Pafuri Camp who live in villages just outside Punda gate, and they confirmed that saplings and young baobabs grow commonly all over the place outside the KNP. So although there may be little recruitment in the park itself, baobabs are thriving in elephant-free areas elsewhere and therefore not under threat. Maybe they are eveing doing better than in the days when elephants roamed freely all over the continent?

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Re: KNP baobabs headed for extinction?

Unread post by lemonbalm » Thu Mar 14, 2013 8:30 pm

Hi all,

Just out of curiosity - are we sure that the Adansonia gregorii above is not producing suckers as opposed to these plants actually being seedlings? (suckers = plants arising from the rootstock of the 'parent' plant). I always remember my father telling me one hardly sees seedlings of boababs because people rarely recognise them as they look quite different to the adult plants - this I suppose may account for some of the lack of seedlings seen.

But, elephants are a major concern to the botanists/plant ecologists and Yes, Kruger does have them! and they often liase with those of us not working there too - obviously we all have our specialities, and SANPARKS can not employ an infinite number of specialists. Hopefully I am not doing myself out of my dream job here, but 'botanists' are generally actually taxonomists (i.e. we name, reclassify, rename, etc), whereas what Kruger needs (and has) are Ecologists to design/implement environmental management plans, in consultations with us the taxonomists.
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Re: Baobab on S60 from Punda to Klopperfontein

Unread post by Grantmissy » Wed Apr 17, 2013 7:37 am

This baobab is one of the most magnificent specimen’s for me in northern Kruger and seen and admired by many traveling in these parts. Does anyone perhaps know the age of this tree?
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Von Weilligh's baobab

Unread post by annie R » Sat Oct 12, 2013 3:53 pm

Can you see Von Weilligh's graffiti (initials and the date 1891) on the baobab along the S93 between Letaba and Olifants from the road? Or would you need to be on foot? If anyone has actually seen it from the road without doing the illegal thing and getting out of your vehicle, I'd love to hear from you! Thanks

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Re: Von Weilligh's baobab

Unread post by annie R » Mon Oct 14, 2013 1:04 pm

At the time, though, I didn't know that there was this 1891 graffiti on the tree, so I didn't look for it.
What I really want to know is whether the graffiti itself can be seen from your car, or whether it's on the far side of the tree, which would mean you'd have to get out of your car and approach on foot - which is against the park rules.
Maybe your pic shows the graffiti and then we'll have our answer!

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Re: Von Weilligh's baobab

Unread post by Elsa » Mon Oct 14, 2013 3:36 pm

I must admit I have never noticed any graffiti on the tree myself and I would say you would definitely have to get out in order to do that..
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Re: Von Weilligh's baobab

Unread post by RemiE » Mon Oct 14, 2013 4:38 pm

Annie R. I doubt that there would be any visible graffiti, either viewing from the car or illegally by foot.
I have taken photos from the tree in April, taken from the car, from all the angles visible from the road.
Seems that most of the bark has been stripped down by Ellies.
I’m glad we weren’t tempted to get out, illegally, as a mature male leopard was rather curious as to why I was taking pictures of the tree and not him :big_eyes:.
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Re: Von Weilligh's baobab

Unread post by annie R » Mon Oct 14, 2013 4:42 pm

Thanks, Elsa, I had a look at the Baobab topic and there's nothing specific. RemiE, you're probably right - elephants have taken exception to the graffiti and removed it over the last 120 years!

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Re: Von Weilligh's baobab

Unread post by Elsa » Mon Oct 14, 2013 11:07 pm

This is my pic of the Von Wielligh's Baobab at the junction of the S44 & 93 from a few years back.

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