Trees are the ultimate “givers”:
If we could understand every tree in the forest, we could protect these vital ecosystems that give so much to our earth.
- They provide shelter and shade for mammals, birds, insects and reptiles.
- Fruit, nuts and leaves provide food for many.
- Trees help to prevent soil erosion.
- They help to improve the quality of our air by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen.
- Wind barriers
- Wood for fires and paper, timber houses and decking
- Latex for the rubber industry; gum arabic for medicinal purposes.
- Branches for climbing and treehouses.
Know your trees – find the animals
The more we learn about tree communities, the more we understand the range of associated wildlife one could expect to see in the nearby proximity.
African elephant feed near mopane woodland. Bushbuck, vervet monkeys and leopards are frequently seen at sycamore figs in riverine forests. Giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and lion are usually in the savannah areas which are characterised by acacia trees.