Friday, September 12, 2008

Ancient Baobab Tree in Mali

As one of the first volunteers to go to Mali in 1971, I was given a Peugeot ... a French made truck and a gas allowance! In addition to helping to build the regional poultry center in Sikasso, my job as a livestock extension agent, was to travel throughout the region teaching Malian farmers, how to raise broiler birds.

Here, I'm next to a giant Baobab tree in Mali.

Local folklore has it that after creation, each of the animals was given a tree to plant and the hyena planted the baobab tree upside-down!

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Left the land of milk and honey for a spiritual nomadic life.