November 24, 2014
The Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is teaming up with the Arbor Day Foundation in a pledge to plant a quarter-million trees in the coming year in a bid to help the endangered lemur.
It's an ongoing effort for the zoo. Dr. Edward Louis has spent 15 years studying lemurs and he says lemurs and trees can be saved in Madagascar.
Dr. Louis said, “To be able to go ahead and actually put some trees back on the ground is part of the process. We have some very important lemurs at some of the sites that we work at and the problem is they are actually in little tiny fragments, so to be able to help long term survivability, we have to connected these forests, so that's what we've been doing."
Once the project gets moving, the goal will be to increase the effort and plant a half-million trees every year to help rebuild lemur habitats.
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