Meet the Green Team

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s Green Team is a dedicated group of Zoo employees who strive to educate current staff members, the general public, volunteers and partners about the Zoo’s sustainability efforts.

So many activities happen at the Zoo each and every day. The Green Team is committed to helping everyone—from animal care staff to concessions employees to school groups—take better care of the planet. By caring for our environment, we can also provide better care for the animals at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and animals still in the wild.

From the Executive Director


Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has long taken pride in its conservation efforts on behalf of plants and animals in our labs and in the field. The effort before you now takes another step—conserving energy and resources in the way we operate, think, and plan for the future.  Discussions and written sustainability plans are already giving way to concrete actions as we investigate ways to reduce waste, lower energy usage, and use less water. We will be working smarter as we care for our animals and see to our guests.  Solutions include little ones like weather stripping, and installing efficient light bulbs, and big ones like energy efficiency in heating and cooling our large exhibit areas such as the Scott Aquarium, Desert Dome and
Lied Jungle®.

Everybody wins when we are resourceful—zoo operating costs are lower, zoogoers learn new habits and take them home, and, most importantly, plants and animals have less pressure on their habitats from humans because we have lessened our footprint on mother earth.

Dennis Pate

Executive Director and CEO
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium