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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

Zoo Mourns Conservation Leader and Former COO Danny Morris

The Zoo is mourning the passing of Danny Morris, former chief operating officer and long-time employee. Danny was a fierce advocate for wildlife conservation efforts and dedicated his life to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium for over four decades.  Danny Morris was instrumental in the growth of the Zoo, not only in his roles, but also through his assistance in the design and construction of major exhibits including the Lied Jungle, Desert Dome, Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium,... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Thursday, Jul 16, 2020

Zoo Announces Increased Capacity on Grounds and Reopening of Hubbard Expedition Madagascar, Gorilla Valley, and Orangutan Forest

The Zoo is happy to announce the reopening of Hubbard Expedition Madagascar, Hubbard Gorilla Valley, and Hubbard Orangutan Forest on Friday, July 3. The Elevator building, which provides access to these areas, will also be open. Overall capacity of the Zoo has been increased to 9,200 people on grounds, while keeping building capacity at 50 percent of occupancy rate. These parameters allow guests to safely social distance between groups. “As we approach the holiday weekend, we hope the... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Thursday, Jul 2, 2020

Vote Now for the Zoo, Asian Highlands, and Wildlife Safari Park in 2020 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards

USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards has selected Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium as a contender for “Best Zoo” and Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park for “Best Safari Park” in America. Asian Highlands at the Zoo has also been nominated as “Best Zoo Exhibit” in the country. The public is being asked to cast their votes online to determine the winners.  The public has until Monday, July... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Monday, Jun 29, 2020

Zoo Announces Reopening of the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium and the Desert Dome

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is pleased to announce the reopening of the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium and Desert Dome on Wednesday, June 24. Along with welcoming guests back into these exhibits, the Zoo is also excited to announce the completion of the Scott Aquarium renovation.  “Beginning to open indoor exhibits is a day we have been looking forward to. We are thrilled to welcome visitors back into the Aquarium and Dome,” said Dennis Pate, President and... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Tuesday, Jun 23, 2020

Zoo Announces Plans for Phased Openings

The Zoo has announced a phased approach to continue opening more areas and exhibits. These decisions are based on the most recent health and safety guidelines provided by the governor’s office. With capacity limits increasing to 10,000 for the Zoo as a whole and indoor spaces increasing to 50 percent of rated capacity, the Zoo is preparing to open indoor exhibits for guests.  As the Zoo waits for official approval of building opening plans by the Douglas County Health Department,... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Saturday, Jun 20, 2020

Wildlife Safari Park Opens Bison Overlook, Walking Trails and More

Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park in Ashland, Nebraska, is opening more areas for visitors today after being a drive-through experience only this season due to coronavirus. Guests are now able to leave their vehicle to do some exploring.  Areas opening today to visitors include the walking trails, the Bison Overlook, the Pelican Wetlands Overlook, the Eagle Aviary, the Prairie Dog viewing, the Pawnee Creek Food Trailer, and the base deck of the Crane Meadows Viewing Tower (all other... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Monday, Jun 15, 2020

Zoo Plans to Reopen June 1

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium plans to reopen on Monday, June 1, 2020. This announcement is based on the guidance given this afternoon by Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts at his press conference. The Zoo has been planning for its reopening for about a month and will share its reopening details, which include significant restrictions, on Tuesday, May 26. Dennis Pate, president and CEO of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, said, “All of us at the Zoo are thrilled... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Thursday, May 21, 2020