Ordinarily, Araucaria araucana, also known as the monkey puzzle tree, is the hardiest species in the conifer genus Araucaria. In fact, because of the prevalence of similar species in ancient prehistory, it is sometimes called a living fossil; it is also the national tree of Chile.
Unfortunately, in 2013, it was marked as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, due to the dwindling population caused by logging, forest fires and grazing.
Today, however, in areas inhabited by indigenous peoples in Chile, the Araucaria tree numbers are increasing. In this DW video, we learn more about the challenges to overcome – and sacrifices required – to keep this forest supplied with what it needs to survive.
View the original video here.
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