Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, a non-profit organization, prides itself on its contributions to the surrounding communities. In an effort to give back, the Zoo is willing to consider requests from the local community. With multiple philanthropic commitments and limited charitable resources, we will do what we can to satisfy all requests.
Special Pass Membership Eligibility
Special Pass memberships are provided to non-profit agencies meeting Omaha’s Zoo and Aquarium criteria. To be eligible for a Special Pass Membership, your organization or facility must meet all of the following standards:
Groups that Do Not Qualify for a Special Pass
2021 Special Pass Application
Please Note: Special Passes are NOT offered as donations to local fundraisers. Please see the Donations section below.
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is happy to support community organizations. As a non-profit, our mission is: Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium inspires, educates, and engages people to serve as life-long stewards for animals, their habitats, and their conservation.
As of April 2018, only donations from Nebraska and Iowa will be accepted. Community donation requests will only be accepted if the donation will be used to directly raise funds for an organization. Requests for door prizes or free raffles will not be accepted.
To qualify for a community donation you must fall under one of the following criteria:
Things that would not qualify:
Should you qualify for a community donation, in continuation with our conservation efforts, we ask that you submit your request online via the link below (link removed temporarily until the program is unsuspended). Phone calls or mailed requests will not be accepted.
If you do not receive an approval email two weeks prior to your event, we were unable to fulfill your request. Please contact the Special Requests Department with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has partnered with local wish granting organizations to accommodate individuals of all ages. If you or someone you know would like to request a special Zoo experience, please contact one of the following organizations directly:
Dreamweaver Foundation serves terminally ill seniors by providing them with an incredible experience.
Make-A-Wish grants the one true wish of children age 2½-18 diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. The Zoo works through this local chapter on the wishes of kids throughout the US.
Memories for Kids
Memories for Kids focuses on creating a memory for the children of a parent with stage IV or terminal cancer.