The Avenue or Alley of the Baobabs is a prominent group of baobab trees lining the road between Morondava and Belon'I Tsiribihina in Menabe, in western Madagascar. Its gorgeous scenery attracts travelers from around the globe, making it one of the most visited places in the area. It was a center of local conservation efforts, and was granted temporary protected status in July of the year 2007 by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Forests, the 1st step towards making it the 1st national monument in the country of Madagascar. Along the Avenue are a dozen trees about 30 meters high, Adansonia Grandidier, endemic to the country. Baobab trees grow up to 800 years old, and are known locally as Renala, which in their language means the mother of the forest. It is not a park area that is nationalized, and trees are threatened by deforestation, by rice fields and sugar cane plantations, and wildfires. Despite its popularity as a tourist destination, the area has nothing open for it to visit, and local residents receive little income from tourism.