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Wild Magazine – Spring 2010 – Botanists working in Richtersveld and Kruger National Parks

During my initial research for Year in the Wild, I was commissioned by Wild Magazine to photograph and write about two botanists doing excellent work on trees in both the Richtersveld and Kruger National Parks. Elsabe Swart has been studying and documenting the mysterious Quiver Trees (or Kokerbome) in the desert mountains of the Richtersveld, while Michelle van der Bank is one of South Africa’s leading tree expert, and has conducted ground-breaking genetic testing of trees in the Kruger National Park. I was fortunate to spend several days with both Elsabe and Michelle.

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