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In the News

Director of Animal Health Receives the Emil Dolensek Award

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s Director of Animal Health, Douglas Armstrong, DVM, was recently awarded with one of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians’ (AAZV) highest honors, the Emil Dolensek Award. According to the AAZV, the Emil Dolensek Award is an honor given to one who has made exceptional contributions to the conservation, care and understanding of zoo and free-ranging wildlife, which reflects Dolensek’s commitment to these purposes. This... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Friday, Nov 16, 2018

Members Invited to Free Monthly Keeper Connection Talks

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium invites its members to attend Keeper Connection, a free program featuring a Zoo employee speaker each month. Speakers will include representatives from various departments such as zookeepers, scientists, veterinarians, horticulturists and executive level staff.  Keeper Connection takes place in Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom Pavilion’s auditorium the third Tuesday of each month September through May from 12 to 1 p.m.... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Thursday, Nov 15, 2018

Free Admission to Zoo and Wildlife Safari Park for Veterans on Veterans Day

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and Widlife Safari Park are pleased to offer free gate admission to all active military members, veterans and their immediate families on Veterans Day.  Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium will be open on Sunday, November 11 from 10 a.m. to  4 p.m.  Exhibit buildings close at 5 p.m. This is the ninth year that Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has honored veterans with free admission.  Wildlife Safari Park,... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018

Zoo Partners with the University of Nebraska State Museum For Free Virtual Educational Experience

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is partnering with the University of Nebraska State Museum-Morrill Hall for a free virtual educational experience, “Elephants in America! Past, Present and Future!” on Thursday, November 8. More than 100 registrants have signed up for the program, making up approximately four thousand participants nationwide including 54 counties within Nebraska. This one-day virtual learning opportunity is free to educators across the country. Viewers... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018

Dr. Cristian Samper to Speak at the Zoo

Registration is now open for this year’s third and final conservation-based program in Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s Nancy Armitage Wildlife Lecture Series. Dr. Cristián Samper, CEO and President of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), will speak on Thursday, December 6 at 6:45 p.m. Dr. Samper is a scientist and international authority on conservation biology and understanding the Earth’s most precious ecosystems. His career has been dedicated to... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018

Backyard Wilderness Now Playing at the Zoo

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is now screening Backyard Wilderness, a 3D film, at the Lozier Giant Screen Theater®. Showtimes are 11:30 a.m.,  1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Closed captioning is available. Spanning a seasonal year around a suburban home, Backyard Wilderness displays unique wildlife imagery and behavior, all captured by cameras mounted inside dens and nests and moving along forest floors and pond bottoms. Viewers follow a young girl and her modern family, who... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Thursday, Nov 1, 2018

Omaha's Zoo Joins 21 Aquariums Across the Country For ACP First Steps Campaign

Twenty-two top aquariums across the United States – including Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium – have already eliminated 5 million straws in their coordinated campaign to reduce sources of plastic pollution. Now they’re upping their game by encouraging individuals, businesses and cities around the country to cut back on single-use plastic—starting with plastic straws—by Earth Day 2019.  Banding together in a joint #FirstStep to plastic-free... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Thursday, Nov 1, 2018

Winter Hours Begin November 1

Beginning November 1, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and Wildlife Safari Park will transition to winter hours.  Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium admission will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Buildings will stay open until 5 p.m. The Zoo is open year-round except Christmas Day.  Wildlife Safari Park will be transitioning to its end of season hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be open daily through November 4. The remainder of the month, Wildlife Safari... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018

Zoo Partners with OPS for High-Altitude Balloon Launch

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is partnering with Omaha Public Schools’ (OPS) Science Office for a high-altitude balloon launch on Thursday, November 1 at noon. The weather balloons will carry experimental pods created by Zoo Academy students to maximum altitudes of between 80,000 and 120,000 feet.  The launch will take place at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium on the Desert Dome Plaza, weather dependent.  The middle school Zoo Academy students,... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018

291 Gopher Frogs Released in Mississippi

Earlier this month, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium was part of the third and most successful release of zoo-bred dusky gopher frogs to date. The Zoo, in collaboration with the Memphis Zoo, Detroit Zoo, Dallas Zoo and Birmingham Zoo, released 291 of the critically endangered species into restored habitat in Mississippi on October 12. The release is part of an ongoing, large-scale effort to establish a new self-sustaining population of dusky gopher frogs, which at one point had... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Friday, Oct 26, 2018