Zanzibar: Day 8

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3,000 year old baobab tree that survived a tsunami

Today I worked with the biologist/host at the camp to find possible plants that can be used as browse (food) for their Aldabra giant tortoise. I went through Zoo New England’s browse lists and contacted the dietician to find some more possibilities. We also started a list of plants found on the island to propagate that could be used for browse. 

In the afternoon, we did some maintenance on the nature trail (pruning, removing dead branches, raking, etc.) and got about half of the trail cleared. I’m happy that they’re going to keep me posted on how the trail improves in the future. It has a lot of potential and I really hope they succeed with their goal of making people care more about conservation. 

P.S. Check out the HUGE baobab tree I saw ! It survived a tsunami and is estimated to be 3,000 years old!! 

P.P.S. If you missed my first post about my work as a conservation volunteer in the Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park, check that out here!