Naturhistorisches Museum

Baobab. The Magic Tree

Of the eight baobab tree species that exist worldwide, seven are native to Madagascar. Six of these ‘monkey-bread tree’ species are endemic, meaning that they can be found nowhere else. Several types of baobab trees are severely endangered.
 
Photographer Pascal Maitre has undertaken 27 journeys to Madagascar, into the magical world of the baobabs. His photographs are as unique as the trees themselves, which are considered holy by many Madagascans and are the subject of many myths and legends. The trunk of the baobab tree is resistant to fire; its leaves are used to make medicine. The fruit, which is known as ‘monkey bread’, is rich in vitamin C.  Baobab trees are able to store thousands of liters of water, which they use to survive during the dry season. This water is drunk and used for rituals by the local population. Midwives in Madagascar wash the mother and baby only with this water during births.
Old baobab trees are generally hollow and used by both humans and animals for shelter. Madagascans refer to an old baobab as ‘old grandmother’ because the bark on the trunk is covered with wrinkle-like grooves. Defying the test of time, baobabs are often the only living objects to be found in unforgiving landscapes.

Pascal Maitre’s work on Africa and Madagascar has given him the reputation of being the epitome of a color photographer. The deep-held love Maitre feels for the inhabitants of this continent has led him to spend many years photographing baobabs – those majestic trees which shape the island of Madagascar. This enchanting island country in the Indian Ocean, known as the ‘Noah’s Ark of Diversity’, is home to a huge range of plants and trees. The most eye-catching symbol of this rich flora is the baobab tree.
 
Pascal Maitre’s photographs capture the fascinating beauty of these unique and mythical trees.

Current Dates

  • Mon. 23 Apr 2018, 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Wed. 25 Apr 2018, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Thu. 26 Apr 2018, 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Fri. 27 Apr 2018, 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
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May

  • Fri. 04 May 2018, 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
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June

  • Fri. 01 Jun 2018, 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Sat. 02 Jun 2018, 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Sun. 03 Jun 2018, 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.