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Zoo Provides University of Nebraska at Omaha with Opportunities for Research and Partnerships

Once the Bay Family's Children's Adventure Trails opened, two assistant professors from the University of Nebraska at Omaha's College of Education set to work collecting 64 hours of observational data and interviews through qualitative research methods with visitors and staff members. Throughout the summer, they set out to identify areas of cognitive, physical, social and emotional development fostered by the space. One of the most significant findings from their time there... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Thursday, Aug 16, 2018

Zoo Partners with Lauritzen Gardens for Boy Scouts Conservation Event

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and Lauritzen Gardens are partnering for a Boy Scouts for Wildlife Conservation event on Saturday, August 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The event, open to Cub and Boy Scouts, will focus on the importance of wildlife and conservation of its natural habitats. Activities will highlight conservation efforts being done by both organizations and provide opportunities for Scouts to become part of the effort. Participants will be at Omaha’s Henry... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Thursday, Aug 16, 2018

2018-2019 School Year to Begin at the Zoo

Zoo Academy, Kindergarten, Little Lions Preschool and Pre-K students are kicking off the 2018-2019 school year at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s Robert B. Daugherty Education Center on Wednesday. Middle School Zoo Academy students will start on Monday, August 27. Zoo Academy has more than 115 high school students registered for the school year from Omaha Public Schools, Papillion La Vista Community Schools, Bellevue Public Schools, Westside Community Schools and, new... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Friday, Aug 10, 2018

Sea Lion Exhibit Next Step in Master Plan

Exciting things are happening at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium as it continues to move forward with the next phases of its master plan. Owen Coastal Shores, a new habitat for the Zoo’s sea lions is scheduled to open in spring 2020. The sea lions will be in a Pacific Northwest coast inspired area with brown pelicans.  Design development for the new sea lion habitat is underway with construction slated to begin in late fall. The approximately one-acre site will be... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Thursday, Aug 2, 2018

The Omaha Zoo Railroad Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

The Omaha Zoo Railroad is celebrating its 50th anniversary today and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium will be celebrating all week long.  The Railroad’s official Golden Spike dedication ceremony took place on July 23, 1968. Mayor A.V. Sorenson and Edd H. Bailey, Union Pacific’s president at the time, drove the brass-plated “golden spike” at the ceremony that officially marked the completion of the Omaha Zoo Railroad. Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Monday, Jul 23, 2018

Pygmy Hippo Calf Makes His Debut

A male pygmy hippopotamus calf, born on April 30, is now in its habitat in Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s Lied Jungle®.  The calf, named Silas by his keepers, can be seen in the exhibit’s African rainforest with the dam, Chomel, an 18-year-old from Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Illinois. The sire is Scooby, a 27-year-old from Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas, who has been at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium since 1991. Zoo visitors can... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Thursday, Jul 12, 2018

King Penguin Chick to Join Other Penguins in Scott Aquarium

A four month old King penguin chick will enter its habitat in the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium for the first time tomorrow. The chick, whose sex is currently unknown, is extremely valuable to the North American King penguin population as it is the first offspring for two wild hatched birds. Due to its genetic importance, the decision was made to raise the chick by hand. The egg was artificially incubated for 54 days and hatched on February 15. The Zoo’s Aquarium bird department... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Wednesday, Jun 27, 2018

World Giraffe Day

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium will be celebrating World Giraffe Day on Thursday, June 21 with giraffe-centered programming in African Grasslands and Facebook Live streaming events.  Facebook Live programs will take place on the Zoo’s Facebook page at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Viewers will get an up close look at a few members of the herd and get to watch a special training demonstration.   Zoo guests have the option to donate to giraffe conservation in $1... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Wednesday, Jun 20, 2018

Celebrate World Oceans Day at the Zoo

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium will be celebrating World Oceans Day in partnership with DiVentures on Friday, June 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Guests can participate in family-friendly educational activities throughout Zoo grounds. Programming will bring recognition to ocean conservation while teaching guests how their everyday actions impact the world’s oceans and their inhabitants. DiVentures’ Finny the Shark and JCMF Children’s Charities’ Josh the... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Thursday, Jun 7, 2018

Summer Tips for Zoo Guests

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is offering tips to guests on how to make the most of out of their experience, beginning with their commute.  To help navigate your way to the Zoo with as much ease as possible, please utilize the following tips: Come Monday-Thursday, which are less busy days. Enter the Zoo from the south, accessible via 13th Street.  Enter the Zoo from the north by utilizing the Martha Street Exit. If Zoo guests are staying in a nearby... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Thursday, May 24, 2018