Technology Transfer and Education Project
The Madagascar Biodiversity Project (MBP) and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium (OHDZA) have been involved in the professional development of Malagasy graduate students and local field teams. This training and employment of locals involves them directly in the process of conservation and encourages them to be advocates of their natural environment. The MBP has supported over 50 Malagasy graduate students and has enabled 30 Malagasy students and over ten international students to complete their graduate or veterinary degrees. The MBP also supports 100+ full time Malagasy employees as field assistants, project supervisors, office employees, drivers and supporting field personnel.
The MBP has not only been involved in education and professional education of Malagasy and other international students, but in collaboration with our partner, Conservation Fusion, an International Environmental Educational NGO, are working to bring conservation education to Madagascar’s elementary school children. Beginning in 2007, over 15,000 conservation-based activity books were distributed to primary school children throughout Madagascar.