Varecia variegata hanging from trees
Image credit: Dr. Edward E. Louis

Advancing Education, Reforestation, and Local Capacity for Forest and Wildlife Protection in Kianjavato

2017 - 2020
Species protected
Greater Bamboo Lemur Prolemur simus
Aye-aye Daubentonia madagascariensis

Project objectives

The establishment of three VOIs will improve local capacity to protect forests, empowering residents to determine for themselves appropriate land use restrictions.

The addition of two nurseries and the expansion of pre-existing nurseries will help the project reach its goal of planting 500,000 trees per year. Trees planted are tailored to the needs of lemurs and provide the community with sustainable resources.


Habitat loss & degradation

The lemur monitoring work of locally-hired field guides provides data to develop more targeted conservation strategies. The project aims to maintain or increase lemur populations by tracking encounter rates.

Through education programs and outreach efforts, the project promotes improved stewardship of biological resources by the community and identifies new leaders at teacher training workshops.

This project is implemented by Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.