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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

Zoo Cuts Budget by 36% in Response to COVID-19

The Zoo has made the difficult decision to furlough and eliminate positions at the Zoo. All furloughed employees will retain their health benefits and have been notified. The furloughs are in addition to salary reductions, a hiring freeze and non-animal related expense reductions. Dennis Pate, president and CEO of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium said, “Decisions affecting our staff are very difficult and not made lightly knowing their level of commitment to the Zoo. While... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Thursday, May 7, 2020

Join In the 2020 City Nature Challenge

Join Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium to identify and count plants and animals that live among us. You can make a difference by participating in the City Nature Challenge to help document Omaha Metro biodiversity on April 24, 25, 26 and 27, 2020. The City Nature Challenge is an annual, global, community science competition to document urban biodiversity. The challenge engages residents to find and document plants, animals, and other organisms living in urban areas. Last year, over... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Thursday, Apr 23, 2020

Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park Opens Friday for Drive-Through Visitors

Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park in Ashland, Nebraska, will open for the season this Friday, March 27, with the daily hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, the Wildlife Safari Park will be limited to a drive-through experience only until April 30, 2020. Several areas will not be accessible by guests on foot including the hiking trails, Visitor Center, the Hands-On Corral, Eagle Aviary, and the Bison Overlook and Nature Play Area.  “All of us at... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Tuesday, Mar 24, 2020

Membership Drive Continues and Virtual Trips to Zoo Are Available

The Zoo and Aquarium is currently closed to the public, but continues its commitment to animals, conservation efforts, and the Omaha community, like we hope you will do by renewing your membership today. As a non-profit, the Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium exclusively relies on proceeds from community donations, membership sales, and ticketed programs to support the Zoo’s animals and operations. By putting your dollars into Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium now,... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Monday, Mar 23, 2020

Vote Now for Zoo 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, April 12, at 11 a.m. to vote online. Each... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Friday, Mar 20, 2020

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Closes Due to COVID-19

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium will be closed to the public starting Monday, March 16, through the end of the month. The decision was made based on the announcement yesterday by Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts of the state’s first case of community spread and Nebraska’s publication of guidance on events and public gatherings. The Zoo is not aware of any guests or employees with positive Coronavirus tests. As the situation changes and decisions are made about the... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Sunday, Mar 15, 2020

Celebrating 125 Years

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is excited to announce that the Zoo is celebrating its 125th year anniversary in 2020.  Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium can track its history back to Riverview Park, which was founded as part of the park and boulevard system for the city of Omaha. This forward-thinking vision for the city set the stage for one of the world’s best zoos. With the 1895 completion of land purchases for Riverview Park and then the acquisition of... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Tuesday, Mar 3, 2020

How to Support Australian Wildlife and Their Habitats

"Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is greatly concerned about the devastating impact of the bushfires on Australian wildlife and their habitats," said Dr. Cheryl Morris, vice president of conservation at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. "We are committed to supporting Australia’s zoos working on the front lines of this fight to care for injured wildlife. Currently their needs are primarily financial to provide the emergency veterinary care required. We... Read More
Posted by Andrea Hennings at Thursday, Jan 9, 2020