Together the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium are striving to protect local forests for lemurs while sustainably raising the standard of living for thousands of people who equally rely upon the natural resources.
Madagascar is considered one of the most diverse and ecologically important biodiversity hot spots in the world. Such areas have unique plants and animals can not be found anywhere else and whose very existence are under threat. Sadly, Madagascar has a history of the agricultural practice of tavy (slash and burn farming), mining, illegal logging and poaching, all of which have resulted in the loss of over 50% of Madagascar’s original forest since the 1950’s. An overwhelming majority of animals are now on the lists of Endangered and Critically Endangered species. Over 90% of all lemurs are listed as Critically Endangered, Endangered and Vulnerable. For these threatened species to survive, local communities must be empowered to actively engage in conservation.
Looking Back & Moving Forward
2016 was a remarkable year for the OHDZA and MBP- together we marked many conservation successes. Here are just a few, of the many notable highlights…
Thank you to all of our supporters, donors, partners and volunteers!