Today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Unleash your sense of wonder across 160 acres of plants, animals and unique habitats from around the world, right here in Omaha, Nebraska.
Asian Highlands transports Zoo guests on an immersive journey through Asia, ranging from the grassland foothills of Northern India, through the Himalayan Mountains. Asian Highlands is set on a previously undeveloped eight acres inside Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium along the main path north of Simmons Aviary.
The guest pathway totals 1,850 feet with 750 feet dedicated to animal viewing areas.
Explore new habitats for snow leopard, Amur tiger and Indian rhino. Discover new species, such as Reeve's muntjac, sloth bear, Sichuan takin and Chinese goral. Also see red panda, white-naped crane, Père David's deer and tufted deer.
Glacier Bay Landing, inspired by Alaskan coastal towns, offers unique food choices, a sweet shop, a variety of seating options, new restrooms with changing areas and two family restrooms, a rental picnic area, a new ticket booth, a semi-private nursing area for mothers and a lighthouse-themed play structure for kids.
Welcoming visitors into the area is a sea plane that has had its engine removed and is for viewing only.
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.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Buildings will stay open until 5 p.m.
Open Thanksgiving Day.
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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Learn about the animals of the Zoo through animal discoveries, enrichment, training and feedings. All Animal Encounters are weather-permitting and staff-dependent. Their hours change seasonally.
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See the Zoo from a new point of view! Join us backstage and see what it takes to run one of the best zoos in the world. Reservations are required and include Zoo admission.
Go Behind the Scenes
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Breakfast Under the Sea
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Zoo Open on Thanksgiving Day
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Supper With Santa
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Rent the Zoo for Your Next Event
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.
Dr. Jason Herrick, our director of reproductive sciences, spent time in South Africa with the Black-Footed Cat Working Group, a small international team of scientists dedicated to studying and conserving the black-footed cat, a little-known and feisty cat species. Herrick serves as the reproduction advisor for the Felid Taxon Advisory Group and the black-footed cat, sand cat, snow leopard and tiger Species Survival Plans.
He and other biologists have been working together in the field through radio-collar studies and collecting sperm samples in the hopes of increasing the population of this vulnerable species.
The Zoo's Salt Creek Tiger Beetle conservation program started off producing around 30 beetles per year. Today, that number has increased to more than 700. Since its inception, about 5,000 beetle larvae have been produced from the Berniece Grewcock Butterfly and Insect Pavilion, which has helped the adult population more than double since 2014 and remain stable at 370 individuals in the last two years. 2018 was another successful year for the program with 750 larvae produced from beetles that eclosed (emerged as an adult from a pupa) in the Zoo’s lab. These beetles will play a vital part in future releases and pairings. About 100 adult beetles were released into the saline wetlands with their wild counterparts in summer 2018.
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.