Today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Unleash your sense of wonder across 160 acres of plants, animals and unique habitats from around the world right here in Omaha, Nebraska. Reduce your wait at the gate and purchase your tickets ahead of time online.
...to the Zoo that is! Learn what to bring, what to leave behind, what to expect when you arrive at the main entrance and other general information to help you have the best Zoo experience possible before the whole family comes along.
Need a fun job to work your way through high school, pay for college or to stay active in the community? The Zoo is now hiring in all Guest Services areas, as well as other full-time, part-time and part-time seasonal positions.
Employees also enjoy free Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park membership, employee discounts, a behind-the-scenes look at new exhibits, get exposed to a variety of career paths, and most importantly, have a significant impact on the experiences of our visitors and the greater good of conservation, for animals and their habitats.
Touchscreen kiosks have been installed to help offset the shortfall in our labor force and ease the overall visitor experience within the Zoo. The kiosks, which are green, blue, red or yellow in color, can be used to to purchase admission tickets for entry, buy tickets or wristbands for our rides and attractions, and order food at our concession areas.
Each station only accepts credit cards or Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium gift cards for payment. Discounts available to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members and employees can also be applied by scanning your member card or entering your member number and last name.
Sue's Carousel, which was installed more than 20 years ago, has reopened in slightly different location since being refurbished. Now located at the former landing site of Glacier Bay Landing's seaplane, the ride now features a grander entrance, a newly painted covered structure, improved wheelchair accessibility and the ability for families to clearly see around the entire circumference to watch their children ride.
The Suzanne and Walter Scott African Grasslands spans 28 acres and is the largest project undertaken in the Zoo's history, completely transforming the eastern boundary of the Zoo. Now among the panoramic views of grasslands and African wildlife, the first two African elephants born in the Zoo's history: Sonny and Eugenia.
Routine server maintenance will take place Friday, December 9, from midnight - 6 a.m. on Saturday, December 10. Public access to the website could be disrupted as a result.
Simmons Aviary is closed at this time out of precaution for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza.
The Elevator Building is closed to the public. Hubbard Gorilla Valley is only accessible from the entrance near Simmons Aviary.
Stingray Beach will be closed Monday, December 5, through Friday, December 9, for maintenance.
Hours for entry: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Buildings and grounds open until 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Adults (ages 12 and over): $17.95
Children (ages 3-11): $11.95
Seniors (65 and over): $16.95
Children (2 and under): FREE
Military Adult (12 and over): $16.95
Military Child (ages 3-11): $10.95
Don't miss out on the amazing perks of being an Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium member. Once you join our family, receive free Zoo and Lozier Giant Screen Theater admission, access to our annual Member's Day event, discounts on Zoo events, educational programming, concessions, gifts and rides purchases, reciprocal privileges to more than 100 zoos nationwide and more!
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See the Zoo from a new point of view from the comfort of your couch! Join us backstage and see what it takes to run one of the best zoos in the world. Reservations are required.
Go Behind the Scenes
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Cookies with the Clauses
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Zoo Closed for Christmas Day
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Penguins and Pancakes - 9 a.m. Seating
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Penguins and Pancakes - 11:30 a.m. Seating
Rent the Zoo for Your Next Event
Consistently ranked as one of the world's top five zoos, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is an independent not-for-profit organization accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
As a leader in conservation, the Zoo focuses on areas to benefit animal husbandry and species conservation. Focus areas include conservation genetics, conservation medicine, rare plant conservation, reproductive sciences and comparative nutrition. The Zoo is recognized nationally for its conservation, animal care and exhibit design.
Dr. Jason Herrick, our director of reproductive sciences, spent time in South Africa with the Black-Footed Cat Working Group, a small international team of scientists dedicated to studying and conserving the black-footed cat, a little-known and feisty cat species. Herrick serves as the reproduction advisor for the Felid Taxon Advisory Group and the black-footed cat, sand cat, snow leopard and tiger Species Survival Plans.
He and other biologists have been working together in the field through radio-collar studies and collecting sperm samples in the hopes of increasing the population of this vulnerable species.
The Zoo's Salt Creek Tiger Beetle conservation program started off producing around 30 beetles per year. Today, that number has increased to more than 700. Since its inception, about 5,000 beetle larvae have been produced from the Berniece Grewcock Butterfly and Insect Pavilion, which has helped the adult population more than double since 2014 and remain stable at 370 individuals in the last two years. 2018 was another successful year for the program with 750 larvae produced from beetles that eclosed (emerged as an adult from a pupa) in the Zoo’s lab. These beetles will play a vital part in future releases and pairings. About 100 adult beetles were released into the saline wetlands with their wild counterparts in summer 2018.
Wild tiger populations have been declining to dangerously low numbers due to extinction threats like human conflict and poaching for the illegal wildlife trade. To save this cherished animal, numerous efforts approach the problem from every angle, from protecting tigers in their natural habitat, to ensuring there is enough stored genetic material to protect the species. Contributing to the second part of the equation, the Zoo, in partnership with the Association of Zoo and Aquariums’ Tiger Species Survival Plan (SSP), has created a new Tiger Breeding Center in Omaha and has been selected to participate in the Tiger Genome Project.
Make learning an adventure worth while. We have many "trailheads" to get you started, and there's something for everyone. Now choose a program and get out there and explore!
For kids of all ages, the Zoo offers unique, hands-on opportunities to play, explore and learn about the natural world and the animal kingdom.
Make your vacation a "stay-cation" with an overnight experience at the Zoo and us as your travel guide! Just tell us where we are going and who is coming with.
The Zoo is hitting the road! Let us bring fun, interactive and education programs to your group, large or small.
Enhance your curriculum and inspire your students! The Zoo has the resources with programs designed to meet state and national standards.