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Omaha Zoo Offers Free Admission to Military Families on Veterans Day

The Omaha Zoo is pleased to offer free gate admission to all active military members, veterans, and their immediate families on Veterans Day, Wednesday Nov. 11.  Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium will be open on Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Zoo grounds and buildings close at 5 p.m. This is the eleventh year that... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Monday, Nov 9, 2020

Wildlife Safari Park Reaches Attendance Milestone

The Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park in Ashland, Nebraska, hit an attendance record of over 400,000 visitors on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. This milestone more than doubles its attendance in 2019 and well eclipses the previous record of 246,500 set during the Wildlife Safari Park’s inaugural 1998 season. “All of us at the Zoo and Wildlife Safari Park are overwhelmed by the community support during this unprecedented year,” said Dennis Schnurbusch, senior vice president of... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Thursday, Nov 5, 2020

Join Us for Comedy Night

It’s no joke that we all could use a laugh right now! Join the Zoo for a roaring good time at the 8th Annual Comedy Night, an adult 21 and older event. There are three shows this year: 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13, and two shows on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 5:30 and 8 p.m. With a cocktail in hand, it will be a night filled with laughs all around. There are a few changes to this year’s event to help keep everyone safe in these COVID-19 times: Capacity is limited so a third show... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Monday, Nov 2, 2020

Join Us for Yoga in the Aquarium

Omaha’s Zoo is hosting one-of-a-kind yoga classes inside the Scott Aquarium Conference Center on Saturdays, Oct. 10 and 24, and Nov. 7 and 21, from 9 to 10 a.m. Guests will be able to take in the beauty and serenity of the Aquarium while exercising their body and imagination through yoga. Classes are taught by a different instructor from Lotus House of Yoga each day. Participants must be at least 16 years old and bring their own yoga mats, water bottles and necessary... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Friday, Oct 9, 2020

Recognizing Zoo Superheroes for Wearing Masks

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium announces a program to recognize Zoo Superheroes who wear their mask to help keep others healthy. Once a week, a special Zoo Squad will be on Zoo grounds looking for children and families who keep their masks on even when there is not a rule to do so, such as outside. Recipients will become official “Zoo Superheroes” with a sticker and animal face mask for each child. “As we continue to figure out new ways to go about our regular... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Friday, Sep 25, 2020

Zoo Reopens Mahoney Kingdoms of the Night and Increases Overall Capacity

The Zoo announces the reopening of Mahoney Kingdoms of the Night and increased overall capacity. These changes are in accordance with the Nebraska Governor Pete Rickett’s Phase IV Directive Health Measures. These new operating procedures will go into effect on Friday, September 18, 2020. Phase IV means that there will no longer be a limit on the number of visitors to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Due to this change, Zoo members will no longer be required to reserve... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Thursday, Sep 17, 2020

Two More Late Nights at Zoo Will Feature New Hours and Access to the New Owen Sea Lion Shores

Two more Late Nights at the Zoo have been added on September 10 and 17 with the new hours of 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Gather your friends and enjoy the Zoo while relaxing with wildlife, food trucks and drinks. New with these evenings will be the opportunity to visit the Owen Sea Lion Shores Exhibit, opening Labor Day weekend. Late Nights is for adults only, ages 21 and older. “We thank our wonderful Omaha community for coming out to the summer Late... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Tuesday, Aug 25, 2020

Enjoy Late Nights at the Zoo On Thursdays This Summer

Late Nights at the Zoo continues Thursdays through August 20 at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Gather your friends and make it a weekly event to relax with wildlife, food trucks and drinks at the Zoo. The series continues this Thursday, July 30, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. and is for adults only, ages 21 and older. Late Nights at the Zoo also occurs on the next three Thursdays, August 6, 13, and 20.  “During this unpredictable and ever-changing time, we hope the Omaha... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Tuesday, Jul 28, 2020

Zoo Changes Operating Hours

The Zoo is changing the last ticket admission time to 3 p.m. daily beginning on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Buildings will remain open until 5 p.m. and the Zoo grounds until 6 p.m. Guests can make a reservation for a time to enter the Zoo up to three days in advance of their visit at OmahaZoo.com/Hours-and-Admission . These schedule changes are intended to generate financial savings for the Zoo. “A closer look at our guests’ attendance patterns suggests that only approximately 5... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Friday, Jul 24, 2020

Asian Highlands Takes First Place as Best Zoo Exhibit in 2020 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards

USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards has selected Asian Highlands at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium as the Best Zoo Exhibit in North America. Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and Wildlife Safari Park also ranked at the top of the leader board in the 2020 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards. Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium was named the third “Best Zoo” in the country, while Wildlife Safari Park ranked as the second... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Friday, Jul 17, 2020