Cincinnati community members helped us plant oak trees as part of the reforestation process at the Zoo’s Bowyer Farm in Mason. As a keystone species, the oak tree serves as a host plant for the larvae of more than 500 butterfly and moth species. It also provides acorns for nearly every other species in the forest from deer to turkeys to squirrels. These oaks will provide food and cover for wildlife on the farm for the next 400 years.
Spicebush was also planted, which is the primary host plant for the spicebush swallowtail. The fruit of this shrub is also relished by wildlife.