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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

Moo at the Zoo Goes Virtual in 2020

For the first time, join Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium for a virtual Moo at the Zoo experience online, Friday, May 29, through Sunday, May 31.  In partnership with Midwest Dairy, Moo at the Zoo is an annual agricultural-themed event held at the Zoo to kick-off National Dairy Month in June. Due to the coronavirus crisis this year, the virtual celebration is occurring on the Zoo’s social platforms throughout the event weekend.  A new virtual field trip video... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Thursday, May 28, 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 Announces Reopening Plan

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium plans to open its outdoor exhibits on Monday, June 1, 2020, after being closed to the public since March 16 due to the coronavirus crisis. The opening of the Zoo is planned as a one-way “walking safari,” including social distancing, and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols based on health and safety guidelines provided by state and local authorities. Guests are strongly encouraged to wear face masks while on  Zoo property. ... 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

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