A city of limestone towers rises in western Madagascar. Sharp, steep, and brittle, the maze of rock in Tsingy de Bemaraha national park and reserve has repelled all but a few explorers and scientists, leaving large parts of the region—and countless resident creatures—unknown to humans.
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Thirsty forest


“These baobab trees on Madagascar are up to 800 years old,” writes Your Shot member Marsel van Oosten. Locally known as “mother of the forest,” the baobab forms a micro-ecosystem of its own, supporting life for both animals and humans, van Oosten says. “Old hollow baobabs are a home to snakes, bats, bush babies, bees, and sometimes even humans. More importantly, the tree is an important source of water—it can store up to 4,000 liters of water in its trunk. For Africa, it is literally the tree of life.”

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