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Ethiopian builds first ever botanic garden in Africa

NAIROBI, Kenya–––The Republic of Ethiopia has recently opened its first botanic garden with the goal making it a center of education, research and conservation in Ethiopia and the wider world.

The Gullele Botanic Garden which garden lies on the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa was opened to the general public in December 2018, after 30 years of hard work.

Officials say the second one is a research activity on how to collect, propagate and on how to reintroduce their natural habitats.

Ethiopia has five different agro-ecological zones and more than 6,500 plant species, The Gullele Botanic Garden will give priority to indigenous and endangered plant species.

Currently, the Gullele Botanic Garden houses around 700 indigenous plant species and about 65 critically endangered plant species.

Authorities confirmed that they are planning on expand its infrastructure, including plant laboratories, administrative building and greenhouses. 56

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Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere

Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere is a public affairs researcher and senior investigative correspondent.
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