Mangroves are forests that are unlike any other. Instead of shunning substances and situations adverse to all plants, they thrive in extreme conditions, propping up mud and brackish waters like tree waders.
Undisputed lord of the tropical coasts of all continents, the presence of mangroves guarantees the life of innumerable species of vertebrates and invertebrates, which in turn allow the completion of the reproductive cycle of these trees: incessantly, small fiddle crabs dig the muddy ground offering a providential work of sowing. The death of the mangroves, on the other hand, condemns the territory to become a very salty cemetery of gray mud.
To combat the high saline concentration of the waters in which they grow, mangroves have evolved various physiological adaptations: thanks to special glands, the leaves excrete tiny salt crystals that accumulate on their surfaces.
Sundarbans are the largest mangrove forest in the world and with the greatest biodiversity. Located between Bangladesh, West Bengal and India, this imposing expanse of roots and green foliage, offers an important protective and productive function for the populations, as well as being a fundamental habitat for many endangered and rare animal species. A wild and mysterious place, where the majestic roar of the Bengal tiger can still be heard in the distance.