The Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha, in collaboration with the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership, has planted its 5 millionth tree in Madagascar, the zoo announced Friday.
For 13 years, the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership has led reforestation efforts focused on providing habitat for lemurs, which are the most endangered group of primates in the world, the zoo said. The organization was founded by Edward E. Louis Jr., director of the zoo’s conservation genetics department, and its efforts are supported by the Arbor Day Foundation.
The project takes place in Kianjavato, a community in southeastern Madagascar that is home to the critically endangered black and white lemur and eight other lemur species.
The organization’s goal is to plant 1 million trees each year.
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