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Alex Jordan

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Born in Cape Town, Alex grew up on a family wine estate in Stellenbosch. Spending much of his young life outdoors, Alex went on many a holiday into Southern Africa’s national parks and wild areas. After finishing high school, he completed a number ...

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on Trees of Londolozi: The Knob Thorn

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Darlene Knott
Senior Digital Ranger

Very interesting! Thanks for sharing–makes us all appreciate what one species of a tree can mean to the entire ecosystem!

Denise Vouri
Digital Tracker

Who would have thought a tree could have such an interesting background. When viewing animals in the bush, I can honestly say I didn’t pay much attention to the trees except for those acting as props for leopards. I appreciate the botanical lesson.

Sarah Calasse
Trainee Ranger

Great read Al, very informative!

Jill Larone
Explorer

Alex, very interesting write-up and wonderful photos!!

Leonie De Young
Explorer

Thanks for this interesting Blog Alex. I am a tree hugger and found this interesting. Without trees we would not survive. They do indeed play an important part in our world.

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Reading through some older blogs I luckily found this one Alex. I love knob thorn trees. I have got one growing in my garden that is doing very well. It is only 2 metres tall but a beautiful speciman. When you drive in spring through the bush all that you see is this lovely creamy color for kilometres. We try to go into the bush every spring just to see the spectacle. We learned on game drives at Londolozi recently that what we thought were dead leadwood trees were actually knob thorns debarked by elephants.

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