MOROCCO'S TREE-CLIMBING GOATS

Goats are known as agile little creatures, but in Morocco they take their agility to a whole new level as dozens of them are usually seen up in a tree at the same time seeking out the olive-like fruit of the argan tree.

The herds of tree-climbing goats are often followed by farmers who collect the nuts that the goats either spit out or excrete.  These nuts are used to make argan oil which is used to make cooking oils and cosmetics.

Today, the argan tree is in danger of disappearing due to the goats and over-harvesting.  Morocco's farmers have banded together in a conservation effort in hopes of bringing the tree's numbers back up.

 

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