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Baobab Trees
The baobab (BOUGH-bob) tree is known for its size and spiritual significance in many African cultures. It is also known as The Tree of Life

These trees are the background for our Learning Centre banner. They are recognized as a symbol of community. The tree is a prehistoric species which predates mankind, native to the African savannah. The baobab has many useful properties, which is why it is widely known as the Tree of Life. It behaves like a giant succulent with up to 80 percent of its trunk made up of water. Sand bushmen relied on the trees for water when the rains failed and the rivers dried. A single tree can hold up to 1,180 gallons (5,360 liters) of water, while the hollow center provides valuable shelter. The Order of the Baobab is a South African civilian national honor, instituted in 2002. It is awarded to citizens for distinguished service in the fields of business and the economy; science, medicine, and technological innovation; or community service.


Sources, Credits and References
Header Graphic with Baobab (BOUGH-bob) trees, Tracy Guinchard, ©BC Black History Awareness Society
Friends/Colleagues, Fauxels, Pexels
Educators, Christina Morillo, Pexels
Silence is Compliance, Danny Lines, Unsplash
Researchers, Bantersnaps, Unsplash
Family, August de Richelieu, Pexels
University Student, Julia M. Cameron, Pexels
Grove of Baobab Trees, Theme Inn, Unsplash