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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 the Return of Late Nights in July and August

Join Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium for a relaxed evening of wildlife, food trucks and drinks as it hosts the first Late Nights at the Zoo of the summer on Thursday, July 16, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. This series is for adults only, ages 21 and older, and will also be held on the following Thursdays: July 23 and 30, August 6, 13, and 20.  Each ticket to Late Nights at the Zoo includes one complimentary drink ticket, access to select Zoo exhibits after-hours, and the ability to... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Friday, Jul 10, 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

Reopening Fact Sheet

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium plans a phased reopening. Phase 1 includes no indoor access but allows outdoor guest usage with clearly defined guidelines for the health and safety of Zoo guests and staff. There will be timed ticketing to keep guest attendance at a capacity that allows adherence to the 6-foot social distancing recommendations. Phase 1 capacity will be no more than 3000 guests at any given time and requires a time reservation to be made ahead of the visit at ... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Tuesday, May 26, 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