On the road from Agadir to Marrakech you have to stop to see the "Goat Trees". Here a clever man has trained his goats to climb a tree! By the side of the road you will be able to stop and photograph this odd sight.
These animals have a head for heights as they look out for the next bus coming up the hill. They are able to with stand all types of flash photography. This well trained team will spend up to one hour hanging out, safe from the dangers of modern life.
The goats were originally made to climb the trees to eat the argan, the sharp thorns of the argan making it difficult to harvest its crop. From this point the shepherd will have to follow his goats with a poo bag to collect up the depulped argan.
A shepherd's life is nomadic, where the work is to move the herd to new and richer pastures during the year. During the days of "the free camping of Taghazout" a local shepherd became part of the nomadic community. His flock of 30 goats would each day make its way through the mixture of Moroccan cars, hippy vans and surfers boards. Regularly there would be the cry from a new arrival as his wet suit boots were inspected as a potential food source by the herd.
One day a worried Taghazout surfer threw a stone at one of "the hoovers" who had become interested in his still wet Lycra. The stone (much to the surprise of the young man) came flying back only seconds after he had thrown it, hitting his bottle of beer which he had left on the ground. The message was clear, "that's my job" was the cry from the shepherd, who would be selling the animals at 1200dh each in the market over the next few weeks.
After the day has been spent foraging for food the shepherd will always have a safe house for the night. Above the Atlantic coast you will be able to find hidden among the rocks caves which have been used for centuries by the nomadic movements of generations of shepherds. Each will have a designated cooking and sleeping area. The flock would be made safe at the back of the cave away from the eyes of the night predators.
BIO RUBBISH COLLECTION
The Goat has a use in Africa which Europe should learn from. This four legged animal could easily be renamed The Bio Rubbish Recycler.
Each morning when i was on the free camping of the Source, Taghazout a local clean up would take place. A fast moving herd of goats would wind its way through the camp, eating all left overs. It was a good reason to put everything back in the camper at night, as the morning wake up at 0600 by 30 goats eating by the van is a once only event. If you leave your plastic bags outside, during the night you will be woken by wild dogs opening the bags during the hours of darkness and by the goats in the morning doing the hoovering!
The goat eats everything except for plastic and glass, which it has understood do not help its digestive patterns. This leaves an important hole in the recycling of waste which the people of Morocco and her visitors must be very careful to fill. Please when you are free camping remove all none biodegradable products when you leave. Find a rubbish bin in the nearest town or village and leave the bag there. You will be surprised by the local rubbish checkers who will jump on your bag to see what is in their.... We throw things in the bin which to a person on the poverty line will reuse.
Morocco has just started to recycle plastic, metal and glass, you will see on the beaches at the end of a weekend, the children doing the cleanup as they collect the used bottles and cans to sell to the recycling units.