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Let’s Doo-Doo It!

Help Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership (MBP) win a grant from Zoo Boise Conservation Fund to help plant trees in Madagascar using lemur doo-doo!
 

The general public is allowed to vote online for their favorite finalist, now through October 28, 2011 and the winners will be announced in November. To submit your vote to help Omaha’s Zoo and the MBP visit www.zooboise.org/zbcfprojects.aspx If the Omaha’s Zoo and the MBP win, more trees will be planted in the forests of southwestern Madagascar which is home to the critically endangered Black and white ruffed lemur.
 

Madagascar is the only place in the world where lemurs are found in the wild. Unfortunately, just 10% of the rainforests in which they live remain on their island nation. The loss of forest over the past three decades has caused an 80% decline in Black and white ruffed lemurs. Now this critically endangered lemur can only be found in isolated groups and its survival depends on the expansion and reconnection of these forests. The MBP has been working with the community of Kianjavato in southeastern Madagascar since 2009. This is one area where the Black and white ruffed lemurs still live. The cool thing about this project is that the poop from the Black and white ruffed lemur is used to help restore the forests! How is this possible? Well, almost 90% of this lemur’s diet is fruit, which it eats whole, including the seeds. When the lemur gobbles up the fruit, the seeds are unharmed. The MBP discovered that the seeds collected from the lemur’s poop grew better than “unprocessed” seeds. So in the unique reforestation project, the MBP is using seeds from the lemur doo-doo to rebuild a lemur-friendly forest!
 

Funding from the Zoo Boise Conservation Fund will help build nurseries, provide salaries for nursery managers, plant trees and educate school kids and community members on how they can re-establish healthy forests. The goal is to plant one million trees in the Kianjavato area to restore forests for the Black and white ruffed lemur and other wildlife.
 

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo is located at Nebraska’s I-80, Exit 454 and is open year-round. Summer hours are now through October 31, 2011 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. Regular admission prices for 2011 are $13.50 for adults, $9.00 for children (ages 3 – 11) and $12.00 for seniors. Regular priced Household memberships are $99.00 and include free IMAX® admission. Memberships are valid until March 31, 2012. Additional information can be found on the website, www.omahazoo.com.

 

 

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