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Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and its Malagasy nongovernmental organization, the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership, focuses on conservation research, community-based conservation, education & outreach.
In 1998, the Conservation Genetics department of Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, began a biodiversity survey, collecting samples and distribution data from the plants & animals of Madagascar. We were interested in looking for differences in distribution in speciation. Our surveys were conducted to identify key habitats with unique species diversity in order to help agencies & organizations to maximize the impact of their conservation efforts. This research is important because we need to know what’s there before we can manage and protect species. Our research has led to the discovery of 21 new lemur species!
BUT science alone cannot be the only component to conservation of the island’s biodiversity...
So in collaboration with our various partners, OHDZ-MBP has expanded our efforts to include community-based conservation, education and outreach.