The Tree Goats (On The Way From Marrakesh to Essaouira)

by Bernardo Ricci Armani 6 comments
The Tree Goats (On The Way From Marrakesh to Essaouira)

Marrakesh (Morocco). “I will show you a tree of goats!” – this is what my guide told me, on our way from Marrakesh to Essaouira. “A tree of goats?” – was my question – “What’s a tree of goats?”. I thought it was another one of the typical jokes that guides normally do to their customers. But kilometer after kilometer, I was getting more and more curious… “A tree of goats? Simply ridiculous, it’s impossible!”.

Of course the photo demonstrates that yes, a “tree goats” exists, it’s real and it was not a joke – at all!

Along the road connecting Marrakesh and Essaouira (but apparently in many other places in the western part of Morocco) it is frequent to see Argan trees, on which goats love climbing and eating. Although this scene can be very funny and folklorist, someone says that goats represent a serious threat for Argan trees and for those economies based on products prepared with Argan fruits (such as oils, creams, soaps etc.), especially because tourism has increased this phenomenon. Goatherds probably raise much more money from tourists taking photos of their “funny goats” climbed on Argan trees, than from milk and cheese produced by the same goats on the ground (and it’s definitely less complicated and tiring). But I hope it will remain something limited to tourists driving from Marrakesh to Essaouira – and for the jokes of Moroccan touristic guide.

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Betty February 8, 2016 - 6:56 pm

Bellissima!!!! Sembra incredibile!!!

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Dasha February 8, 2016 - 8:36 pm

Mystery. How do they climb there? One of biggest secret for me still) and actually I still suppose u also did good collage ) I just can’t believe in it))

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Bernardo February 11, 2016 - 8:53 am

Dasha, Martin explained us how it works: interesting, isn’t it? :-)

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Martin February 8, 2016 - 8:54 pm

These goats are tied on and made to stand there for tourists by Moroccans seeking a quick dirham. I go past this every few days and if you look closely at your photo, you’ll see the extra twigs placed strategically to allow the goats a better platform.

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Bernardo February 11, 2016 - 8:52 am

Ahah I did not notice it to be honest. Thanks for disclosing the trick :-) However, I found the scene extremely funny and unusual. Thanks for visiting my blog too!

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Mrinmoy February 22, 2016 - 7:45 pm

nice picture.

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