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    Rooted

    S1 E1 Memoirs of Acacia

    Across the dunes of the Kalahari, a towering, 200-year-old tree extends its branches to the heavens. This camel thorn Acacia is a secret refuge for those in the know. Colonies of sociable weavers use its branches for their oversized nests. Oryx, kudu, and other herbivores feed on her ripened pods, helping soften the seeds for germination. As the rainy season descends, its branches become draped with golden flowers, a magnet for pollinating insects. For many, the Acacia is a 'tree of life.' It's a relationship as old as the Kalahari itself.

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Enter the hidden worlds among the branches of five of Africa's most iconic trees. A majestic baobab uses its hollow trunk to store water in case of drought; while in Botswana, the flamboyant sausage tree seduces pollinators with its bright flowers and oversized fruit. Prepare to be startled by the incredible animal activity they inspire--some never before seen on film.
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