The Most Isolated Tree in the World Was Killed by a (Probably Drunk) Driver

For around 300 years, the Tree of Ténéré was fabled to be the most isolated tree on the planet.

The acacia was the only tree for 250 miles in Niger’s Sahara desert, and was used as a landmark by travelers and caravans passing through the hostile terrain.

The tree sprouted when the desert was a slightly more hospitable place, and for years was the sole testament to a once-greener Sahara.

The short, sad, stupid story of the Last Tree of Ténéré. May we remember it as it lived, leafy and green.