The Tree of Tenere was the only tree for 250 miles in the Sahara Desert until a drunk driver hit it in 1973!
The Tree of Tenere was once the world’s most isolated tree. It was a solitary acacia that grew in the Saharan Desert in Niger, Africa. There wasn’t another tree near it for 250 miles. The Tree of Tenere was the last acacia tree standing from when a group of them were living there before it became so dry and turned into a desert. Scientists dug and found that its roots went 120 feet deep to reach the water table below.
A drunk Libyan driver managed to find the only tree in the desert for 250 miles and run into it. The truck knocked down the Tree of Tenere and killed it. A metal sculpture was placed in the spot where the tree had been to commemorate the lonely Tree of Tenere. The stick sculpture has a few metal branches reaching out from it. It isn’t near as cool as the real thing was, though.