Eclipse Viewing Safety Glasses will be available at no charge to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and Wildlife Safari Park guests for the rare solar eclipse on August 21. Join us for the following special events.
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Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s education department received a 2016-2017 Pinnacle Award from the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) for its digital learning program.The Pinnacle Award is given annually, by the CILC, to organizations across the country that receive outstanding scores on program evaluations submitted by educators and other end users. According to the CILC, receiving the award indicates remarkable quality of educational content and exceptional skill at program delivery. The Pinnacle Award is the highest honor given by the CILC.
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USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards has nominated Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium as a contender for Best Nebraska Attraction. Voting is open to the public through August 28 at 10:59 a.m. CDT online. A person can vote once a day for the run of the contest. Winners will be announced on 10Best on Friday, September 1 at 11 a.m. CDT, then later on USA TODAY.
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Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium will kick off Animal Planet and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) week-long tiger conservation live streaming event on Monday, July 24 at 10 a.m. Two Zoo announcements will take place during the half-hour segment.Omaha’s Zoo and Aquarium will be the first of six Facebook Live events leading up to Global Tiger Day on July 29. The segment will feature the Zoo’s Amur tigers. Zoo staff will do enrichment activities with the tigers as well as discuss topics such as enrichment, nutrition and tiger conservation. Viewers are encouraged to post questions. Read More »
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium will host a book signing for Dr. Eileen Wirth, author of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium on Sunday, July 23, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Gift Shop near the main entrance. Copies of the book are available for purchase at the Gift Shop. Read More »
National Zoo Keeper Week will conclude with Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium® and Wildlife Safari Park’s animal care staff coming to a head in the sixth-annual Zoo Keeper Olympics on Friday, July 21. The games will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Sea Lion Picnic Pavilion. Keepers will gather in teams and compete in a series of animal husbandry-related activities, such as “scooping poop,” imitating animal behaviors and completing an obstacle course. The winning team is awarded a “coveted” silver trophy that has been passed on at each year’s competition.
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Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium shipped 10,500 critically endangered Puerto Rican crested toad tadpoles for reintroduction in Rio Encantado – Ciales near Manati, Puerto Rico on Wednesday, July, 14. The eggs hatched on July 3, at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s Amphibian Conservation Area. Four breeding pairs were injected with hormones during amplexus, or mating, to increase fertility. More genetically viable and diverse adults were present among the Zoo’s population of the species this mating season, enabling Zoo staff to breed more than the traditional one pair.
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Today is World Shark Awareness Day and shark lovers have a multiple ways to celebrate at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Stroll through Shark Reef, a 70-foot-long acrylic tunnel below 17 feet of water that allows visitors to experience 15 species of shark up close and personal, in the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium. Brown sharks, zebra sharks and bamboo sharks are just several of the amazing creatures guests will get to see. The exhibit can also be viewed through a large viewing window and a six-foot diameter acrylic bubble inside an underwater cave.
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As summer temperatures continue to heat up, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium offers amenities to help Zoo guests cool down, including early admission at 8 a.m. through July 23 at both entrances. Giraffe Encounter, Skyfari, Lemur Walk and Omaha’s Zoo Railroad will open at 9 a.m.
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This year’s millionth visitor to walk through the redemption gates at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium was Dave Albrecht of Lincoln, Nebraska. He entered the Zoo at 9:34 a.m. Albrecht, 43, is visiting with his wife, Trish, 45, and their two kids, 11-year-old Ethan and 13-year-old Lauren. Each child also had a friend with them, 11-year old Taytum and 11-year-old Trey joined the family on their day at the Zoo. Dave and Trish have not been to the Zoo for at least three years. Ethan and Trey recently visited with their school on a field trip in May, but were excited to see more exhibits and stay longer. Read More »
The National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA) is hosting its 2017 Summer Leadership Institute, Dimensions and Dynamos: Leading for Success in a Transitional Era of New Standards and Technology at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium from Wednesday, June 28 through Saturday, July 1. Read More »
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium celebrates World Giraffe Day today, the longest day of the year to celebrate the world’s tallest animal, with giraffe-centered programming in African Grasslands.Zoo guests have the option to donate to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation in $1 increments at the Giraffe Encounter through closing on Sunday. Donations will be directed in full to giraffe conservation through the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, the only organization with a full focus on giraffe. In 2017, the Giraffe Conservation Foundation will focus on Masai giraffe populations in southern Kenya and Tanzania. Read More »
A newborn sea lion pup is awaiting visitors at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s Owen Sea Lion Pavilion.$0 $0 The pup was born on Saturday, June 17 to eight-year-old Coco. The pup and its mother are currently on display with the pup's father, 12-year-old Chino, at the Owen Sea Lion Pavilion. Two other sea lions, including the pup’s aunt, Gemini, are also on display. Read More »
Parallel with its mission of conservation, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium® has reduced its energy and water usage significantly through increased sustainability efforts within the last five years. Read More »
Louie, a bull African elephant from the Toledo Zoo, will soon call Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium home.

Louie will be transferred to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium® on a recommendation of the African Elephant Species Survival Plan (SSP) through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Louie will have the potential to breed with the Zoo’s five female resident elephants to help sustain the genetic diversity of this endangered species’ population in zoos. The zoo hopes to move Louie within a month following his acclimation to the transport enclosure. Read More »
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is hosting a chemical spill management training program tomorrow, May 11, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. for Zoo staff, the Omaha metro and surrounding areas. The program, titled “A Train Chemical Spill Near the Zoo,” will be led by the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency and focus on train derailment scenarios involving the spillage of hazardous materials.  
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A solar photovoltaic panel array has been installed at the north end of the African Grasslands exhibit near the Safari Tent Camp.
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Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium welcomed a giraffe calf late afternoon yesterday, April 30. The mother is Dottie, a 17-year-old female reticulated giraffe, and the father is eight-year-old Jawara.
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Mai, a 20-year-old, female Malayan tiger, who had been under veterinary care for renal disease over the last year, was humanely euthanized this morning due to declining health. Animal Care Staff complete a quality of life assessment before deciding to euthanize an animal. Read More »
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium will host “National Geographic Photo Ark,” a new traveling outdoor exhibition beginning April 4.

The National Geographic Photo Ark is an ambitious project committed to documenting every species living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries – inspiring people not just to care, but also to help protect these animals for future generations.  Sartore started the Photo Ark in his hometown of Lincoln more than a decade ago.  Since then, he has visited more than 40 countries and has worked in more than 250 zoos, aquariums and animal rescue centers around the world in his quest to create the Photo Ark.  Some of the images were taken at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. 
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Twelve students have advanced to the Nebraska Junior Academy of Sciences (NJAS) at Nebraska Wesleyan University on Thursday, April 20 following the 38th annual Metropolitan Science and Engineering Fair (MSEF) at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium on Saturday, March 11.
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The male Western lowland gorilla at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, born on January 18, 2017, now has a name.
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 The Puma most commonly known as, “Omaha” passed away this morning and a Japanese Giant Salamander passed away yesterday. The male puma had been under veterinary care battling kidney disease for a number of years.  Animal care staff had been monitoring him and he was given a special diet developed by our Comparative Nutrition Department to help reduce the effects of the kidney disease as much as possible. Read More »
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and the University of Nebraska at Omaha hire Julie Sigmon to fulfill the newly created role of Omaha STEM Ecosystem director. The Omaha STEM Ecosystem is a citywide partnership to maximize science, technology, engineering and mathematics-based learning initiatives in the Greater Omaha Area.
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