Every five minutes a piece of rainforest, the size of the Masoala Rainforest in the Zurich zoo, is destroyed in Madagascar. Poaching, illegal wood trade and slash burning have put an end to over 90 percent of the rainforests in one of the poorest countries in the world.
The Masoala National Park is situated in the Mesoala peninsula and is the biggest protected area in Madagascar. The mini "Masoala rainforest" in the Zurich came to live six years ago, as a result of cooperation between the National Park Masoala in Madagascar and the Zurcih Zoo. The 11,000 square meters of tropical paradise are home to the red ruffed lemur, the aldabra gian tortoise and many birds, fish, insects and plants typical for the Masoala national park in Madagascar.