Today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Unleash your sense of wonder among 160 acres of plants, animals and unique habitats from around the world, right here in Omaha, Nebraska.
Asian Highlands will transport Zoo guests on an immersive journey through Asia, ranging from the grasslands of Northern India, though the Himalayan Mountains, to the boreal forests of northeastern China.This total immersion exhibit is set along the main path just north of the Aviary. In Phase I of this exhibit, guests will encounter a unique landscape and diverse collection of animals including red panda, white-naped crane, Indian rhino, tufted deer and Pere David’s deer. Phase II is set to open in Spring 2019.
Immerse yourself in a desert environment at the Desert Dome, the world's largest indoor desert located under the world's largest glazed geodesic dome.
See plant and animal life from three of the world's deserts: the Namib Desert of southern Africa, the Red Center of Australia and the Sonoran Desert of the southwest United States.
Navigate the ocean floor as sharks and other marine life circle overhead in the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium, the largest aquarium within a Zoo.
Explore the natural rainforest environment as you walk through the Lied Jungle, North America's largest indoor rainforest.
Cross a unique swing bridge, through wet caves and beyond swooping tree limbs to the sounds of crashing waterfalls, see gibbons and other primates swinging in the canopy and experience exotic plant life.
Travel through the 28-acre African Grasslands exhibit with the likes of elephant, white rhino, cheetah, sable antelope, bongo, ostrich and impala rising into view upon your every move. See eye-to-eye with reticulated giraffe from the all-new Giraffe Encounter. Feed and brush the African pygmy goats at the kraal. View the African lions from the peak of the exhibit, while they gaze into the distance over the entire exhibit.
Also learn about the life of a wildlife manager at Wildlife Management HQ, where you can see the tools of the trade, communicate over radio and sit in a real grounded Bell 47 helicopter or Land Rover.
Children’s Adventure Trails, open for the season from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily (weather permitting), is an interactive exhibit that highlights kids’ learning through play in nature, and is located near the North Entrance and the Dick and Mary Holland Meadowlark Theater.
Resting on five acres, the exhibit is made up of a variety of habitats, interactive animal exhibits and climbing areas allowing guests to learn through exploring and unleash their inner animal.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Buildings will stay open until 5 p.m.
Adults (ages 12 and over): $18.95
Children (ages 3-11): $12.95
Seniors (65 and over): $17.95
Children (2 and under): FREE
Military Adult (12 and over): $17.95
Military Child (3-11): $11.95
Don't miss out on the amazing perks of being an Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium member. Once you join our family, receive free Zoo and Lozier Giant Screen Theater admission, access to our annual Member's Day event, discounts on Zoo events, educational programming, concessions, gifts and rides purchases, reciprocal privileges to more than 100 zoos nationwide and more!
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10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Touch Tank Open
10 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. African Animal Discovery
10:30 a.m. Antarctic Penguin Feeding
10:30 a.m. Elephant Enrichment (Memorial Day - Labor Day)
11 a.m. Sea Lion Training (except Wednesdays)
11 a.m. Shark Feeding (Wednesday and Saturday)
11:30 a.m. Meet a Reptile Keeper (Saturday - Sunday)
11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Animal Discoveries
1:30 p.m. Orangutan Enrichment (Memorial Day - Labor Day)
1:30 p.m. Elephant Training (Memorial Day - Labor Day)
2:30 p.m. Sea Lion Training (Excluding Wednesdays)
3 p.m. Antarctic Penguin Feeding
3 p.m. Lion Training (Memorial Day - Labor Day)
All animal encounters are weather and staff-dependent. Go Behind the Scenes on a Backstage Experience
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Zoo Open on Thanksgiving Day
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Nancy Armitage Wildlife Lecture Series - Dr. Cristián Samper
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Supper with Santa
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Consistently ranked as one of the world's top five zoos, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is an independent not-for-profit organization accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
As a leader in conservation, the Zoo focuses on areas to benefit animal husbandry and species conservation. Focus areas include conservation genetics, conservation medicine, rare plant conservation, reproductive sciences and comparative nutrition. The Zoo is recognized nationally for its conservation, animal care and exhibit design.
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has partnered with Dr. Andrei Snyman of the Mashatu Research program in their continuous study of the predator population in Northern Tuli Game Reserve, located in southeastern Botswana in the area bordering South Africa and Zimbabwe, since 2000.
The series of studies examines the effect of human activities on lion populations, particularly on the legal and illegal hunting impact on the social organization of small lion populations; how lions utilize resources in their habitats; and investigating the establishment of corridors for lion movement through less protected areas in order to move between more highly protected areas.
Although Hawaii comprises less than .04 percent of the total land mass of the United States, the islands are home to approximately 44 percent of all endangered species in our country. Almost 90% of those are found nowhere else on Earth. Due to a myriad of threats, scientists estimate that one native Hawaiian plant species is going extinct every year.
After learning of the Zoo’s success on the reintroduction of the Governor Laffan Fern, Diplazium laffanianum, in Bermuda, which had been absent in the wild for more than one hundred years prior to the Zoo’s involvement, the Plant Extinction Prevention Program contacted Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium's Rare Plant Lab to aid in the Hawaiian recovery plan for their endangered ferns.
Wild tiger populations have been declining to dangerously low numbers due to extinction threats like human conflict and poaching for the illegal wildlife trade. To save this cherished animal, numerous efforts approach the problem from every angle, from protecting tigers in their natural habitat, to ensuring there is enough stored genetic material to protect the species. Contributing to the second part of the equation, the Zoo, in partnership with the Association of Zoo and Aquariums’ Tiger Species Survival Plan (SSP), has created a new Tiger Breeding Center in Omaha and has been selected to participate in the Tiger Genome Project.
Make learning an adventure worth while. We have many "trailheads" to get you started, and there's something for everyone. Now choose a program and get out there and explore!
For kids of all ages, the Zoo offers unique, hands-on opportunities to play, explore and learn about the natural world and the animal kingdom.
Make your vacation a "stay-cation" with an overnight experience at the Zoo and us as your travel guide! Just tell us where we are going and who is coming with.
The Zoo is hitting the road! Let us bring fun, interactive and education programs to your group, large or small.
Enhance your curriculum and inspire your students! The Zoo has the resources with programs designed to meet state and national standards.