Bermuda Ferns

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s plant laboratory was involved in the conservation, eco-rehabilitation and bio-technology transfer to government personnel of two endemic Bermuda fern, one of which is Bermuda’s most endangered species and has not been seen in the wild since 1905.

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Madagascar Orchids

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium began working with Madagascar orchids in 2000 as part of a collaborative project with the National Genetics Resources Bank in Fort Collins, Colorado. The project involves field biology studies in Madagascar, seed collection, genetic sampling, GPS mapping, orchid habitat and species documentation and the involvement of local residents.

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South Africa Flora Cryoconservation

The Association of Zoological Horticulture awarded a three-year grant to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s plant laboratory for training workshops in South Africa. South Africa has a number of threatened plant species, including medicinal plants, and hasn’t established a system to preserve native plant seeds. Read More
Native Orchids of North America

The little white ladies slipper orchid is currently being researched, both in-situ and ex-situ, at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s plant laboratory. Cryopreservation of seeds from this species is carried out to conserve the Nebraska genotypes for future reintroductions. Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s plant laboratory has also directed their focus to the Great Plains ladies tresses orchid.

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