Play. Pet. Dig. Discover.
Red Barn Park provides visitors with an interactive animal experience leaving them more connected to the natural world through close-up interactive experiences. There is a wide variety of animals in addition to the contact yard animals visitors have grown to love.
Prehistoric Play Park and Fossil Dig Site
In cooperation with the University of Nebraska State Museum, the Prehistoric Play Park and Fossil Dig Site is a replica of Nebraska 12 million years ago, when it was a savannah, similar to present day Africa. Kids are able to dig and uncover fossils from Nebraska using paleontologist tools just like a real fossil dig site. The Prehistoric Play Park displays life-sized prehistoric sculptures representing animals which originate in the regions fossil history.
Other Animal Exhibits
Up the hill from the Red Barn Park is the North American river otter exhibit featuring above and below water viewing, a prairie dog town, the African Wild Dogs exhibit and the popular Budgie Encounter exhibit, allowing visitors to walk through 400 lively, bright parakeets, cockatiels, doves and quails. The Budgie Encounter is open seasonally, weather permitting.
Please note: Due to current and pending construction, various areas between the North American River Otter pool and Omaha Zoo Railroad's Omaha Depot will be closed off to the public. This includes the North American River Otter pool, Budgie Encounter, Prairie Dog Town display and the African Wild Dog enclosure. We apologize for any inconvenience.
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for exhibit hours.
The Contact Yard is currently closed for the season.
Download the exhibit fact sheet.