We're bringing the Zoo to you. Our animal care staff is still working tirelessly to care for the more than 35,000 animals that call the Zoo home. Check back each day for an interactive video and activity you can do with your family, so you can still enjoy the Zoo from your living room.
Pre K - 5th Grade Activity
6th - 12th Grade Activity
Watch Keeper Clip
Virtual Learning Video with a Zoo Educator
Archerfish have the remarkable ability to spit streams of water upward to dislodge appetizing insects from branches. They’re known to shoot water as high as 10 feet for a tasty meal. When we’re open again, stop by Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom Pavilion to experience it for yourself. In the mean time, feed them with us virtually. But don't stand too close, you might get a little wet. Instead of showing us feeding them, we thought it’d be more fun to show your reactions from when you guys fed them a few days before we closed. At the end of the keeper clip, complete our virtual learning video and today's fun activities.
An animal you might not know we have at the Zoo is the domesticated ferret. Virtually meet Merry, who lives behind the scenes at Bay Family Children's Adventure Trails. As one of our animal ambassadors, her role at the Zoo is to educate the public and create awareness about her species, as well as another she closely resembles, the endangered black-footed ferret—one of the most endangered mammals in North America. After exploring with Merry, you're going to need some space. Stick around for a game of true and false then build a tunnel system and bust some moves to a signature behavior called the "weasel war dance," characterized by frenzied sideways hops, leaps and bumping into nearby objects.
Watch Keeper Clip - Henkel's Leaf-Tailed Gecko
Watch Keeper Clip - Alligator Snapping Turtle
*Virtual Learning Video Coming Soon
*no virtual learning video with Zoo educator available
Watch Keeper Experience
*no keeper experience or keeper clip available
Sloth bears are one of eight species of bear and have no relation to sloths. Learn more about Bodo from Rocky Verbrigghe and Brandi Keim of our cats and bears crew. Not only are sloth bears the only bear to routinely carry their cubs on their back, they have the fantastic ability to find insects. Sloth bears can close their nostrils tightly to act as a barrier from the insects they suck up. This “barrier” works for liquids too. Our animal care staff uses straws with Bodo, our 11-year-old male, to help distribute liquid medicine if needed. This medicine is mixed with coconut water or watered down juice to make it more desirable for the bears. Bodo even uses a reusable straw, which means so can you!
Paige Johnson and Sarah Starr, interactive animal programs keepers, introduce you to two of the Zoo's chinchillas: Chakira and Chico. While some of you may recognize chinchillas as pets, did you know? They are actually an endangered species.
Our animal care staff is still working tirelessly to care for the more than 35,000 animals that call the Zoo home. Here are eight newbies we thought you might like to meet: our rockhopper and gentoo chicks! Here to tell you more about them is Stephanie McIntosh, senior keeper of birds in the Scott Aquarium.
Red pandas were actually discovered about 50 years before the giant panda. So who’s the real panda now? Hilary Merkwan and Callie Nanfito, cats and bears keepers, introduce you to Sabal, our resident red panda in the Asian Highlands. Tune in and then become a red panda ranger. Test your new knowledge with fun resources from the Red Panda Network, a conservation organization supported by Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.
Become a Red Panda Ranger