Tooro Botanical Garden
The North Carolina Zoo and the Tooro Botanical Gardens are partners in plant conservation activities in Uganda.The Zoo can not hope to fulfill our mission to conserve biological diversity without helping those institutions in the places where biological diversity exists.
To further conservation of biological diversity in Uganda, the North Carolina Zoo is supporting the development of the Tooro Botanical Gardens (TBG). The Tooro Botanical Gardens is a resource for sustainable biodiversity conservation of the Albertine Rift. The 100 acre garden located in Fort Portal, Uganda, provides training, research, education and extension services to the citizens of Uganda. The North Carolina Zoo is working with Tooro Botanical Gardens on strategic planning, and capacity building of garden and staff, in order to enhance TBG’s ability to work toward its goals.
Help The North Carolina Zoo assist Tooro Botanical Gardens with the Tooro Botanical Gardens Medicinal Plants Program.
The Medicinal Plants Program of Tooro Botanical Gardens:
- Will include a Family Medicinal Plant Garden of 30 species focusing on “first aid” types of plants usable by low income Uganda families who have little access to basic health care.
- Will include a garden devoted to Ugandan native medicinal plants of the Albertine Rift.
- Will provide an environmental education training and workshop center focusing on the preservation and protection of the plant species, knowledge and learning of trusted healers and herbalists who are disappearing from the region.
- Will provide improvements to increase production and research of plants of conservation and medicinal interest. Improvements to house conservation records and to improve work space for staff working on conservation and medicinal plants of interest.
- Will help sustain the garden’s ability to operate through the attraction of visitors and through the sale of plants and plant products.
If interested -- call or email Virginia Wall, Curator of Horticulture North Carolina Zoo (336-879-7400)