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In the News

Zoo Announces Historic Birth of Endangered Indian Rhino Calf

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is proud to announce the birth of an Indian rhinoceros calf. The rhino was born on Friday, August 30. The calf is the first rhinoceros born in Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s 120-year history. Dennis Pate, Zoo Director and CEO, said, “This is one of the most important births for the Zoo in recent history.  It counts when it comes to sustaining this species in zoos, it counts as a backup to vulnerable wild populations,... Read More
Posted by Andrea Hennings at Wednesday, Sep 4, 2019

Zoo Brings First of Its Kind Lantern Experience to Omaha this Halloween

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium will dawn about 400 larger-than-life lantern displays—creating the first experience of its kind in the country—as part of an all-new family friendly Halloween event, Ghouls & Glow presented by Veridian Credit Union, on September 27 – 29 and October 3 – 6, 10 – 13, 17 – 20 and 24 – 27. The Zoo is working with Dazzle out of Texas and Tennessee-based iD8 Productions to put on Ghouls & Glow, which will... Read More
Posted by Andrea Hennings at Friday, Aug 16, 2019

Zoo Grows Critically Endangered Dusky Gopher Frog Population by 622

Earlier this month, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium was part of the fourth and most successful release of zoo-bred dusky gopher frogs to date. In collaboration with the Memphis Zoo, Detroit Zoo, Dallas Zoo and Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, the Zoo released 622 froglets of the critically endangered species into restored habitat in Mississippi on July 10 – 11. Of those released, 387 were bred in Omaha. The release is part of an ongoing, large-scale effort to establish a new... Read More
Posted by Andrea Hennings at Tuesday, Jul 23, 2019

Two King Penguin Chicks Make Their Debut

Two king penguin chicks who hatched in March made their debut in the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium.  The first chick hatched on March 14 and currently weighs 26 pounds. The second hatched on March 16 and weighs 32 pounds. Both of their genders are unknown at this time. Visitors will notice that the chicks are in a “chick pen” in the Antarctic penguin habitat. The chicks will remain here until they molt their non-waterproof down feathers and gain their juvenile... Read More
Posted by Andrea Hennings at Thursday, Jul 11, 2019

Summer Late Night Event Series Back at the Zoo

Join Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium for a relaxed evening of drinks, food trucks and wildlife as it hosts its summer series: Late Nights at the Zoo on  Thursdays: May 23, June 27, July 25, August 8, August 22 and September 19  from 7-11 p.m.  This event is for guests  ages 21 and older.   Each ticket to Late Nights at the Zoo includes one complimentary drink ticket, access to select Zoo exhibits after-hours, up-close encounters with special Animal Ambassadors and the... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Zoo Presented with Award from Autism Center of Nebraska

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium was presented with the Employer Partnership Award from the Autism Center of Nebraska (ACN) on Saturday, May 4 at its annual gala. The Zoo was recognized for its number of successful job placements through Connections, ACN’s employment program. Connections is a program used to help place ACN job seekers into career paths. “Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has for years been a great partner of the Autism Center of... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Friday, May 10, 2019

Omaha's Zoo and Aquarium Wins USA TODAY 10Best Awards

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and Wildlife Safari Park ranked at the top of the leader board in the 2019 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards. Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium ® was named the second “ Best Zoo ” in the country, while its Lied Jungle ® won “ Best Zoo Exhibit .” Wildlife Safari Park was awarded with “ Best Wildlife Park ” in America for the second year in a row.  The... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Friday, May 3, 2019

Happy First Birthday Silas!

Silas, a male pygmy hippopotamus at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, celebrated his first birthday today in the Lied Jungle ® with birthday décor, browse and a cake made from sweet potatoes, grain and yogurt frosting. Silas can be seen in the Lied Jungle’s African rainforest with his mother, Chomel, a 19-year-old from Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Illinois. Silas’ first recorded weight was taken on May 2, 2018 at a mere 16.5 pounds. He currently tips the... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Tuesday, Apr 30, 2019

Zoo's Conservation Genetics Director Wins International Conservation Awards

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s Director of Conservation Genetics, Dr. Edward E. Louis, Jr., was selected to receive two prestigious international awards this year: the Conservationist of the Year Award from the John Muir Association and the J. Sterling Morton Award from the Arbor Day Foundation. Dr. Louis was presented with the Conservationist of the Year Award during the John Muir Birthday – Earth Day Celebration at the John Muir National Historic Site in... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Wednesday, Apr 24, 2019

City Nature Challenge Kicks Off on April 26

The 2019 City Nature Challenge presented by American Spring LIVE will kick off at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium on Friday. The Zoo has partnered with the Omaha STEM Ecosystem and 16 other community businesses and organizations to compete against more than 140 cities across the globe for the title of “World’s Most Biodiverse City.” The challenge will take place April 26-29.  The City Nature Challenge is an... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Wednesday, Apr 24, 2019