An emblem of longevity, the Baobab is renowned by the local populations of Africa for the beneficial properties of its fruit and leaves. Its fruit alone contains an incredible amount of Vitamin C. Generally considered as sacred, few baobab trees are cut down outside of urban development areas. This majestic tree is very much present in the Senegalese and Burkinabe landscapes.
ELEPHAS wants to support local communities, and in particular women that have gathered together to preserve and recognize the value of local plants.
With this in mind, we support women’s groups on the outskirts of the Arly forest in southern Burkina Faso so as to help them take responsibility for and reap the benefits of directly managing their natural environment. In Senegal, groups of women have also committed themselves to protecting the Sangako forest, with the help of the NGO Nebeday. Moreover, this environment is the last refuge of the Colobe bai, one of the most endangered monkeys on earth.