Conservation at the Zoo

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has built a vigorous program of scientific investigation in the fields of molecular genetics, reproductive physiology, nutrition, plant micro propagation and conservation medicine. The work done here is intended to have a global impact through numerous in-situ and ex-situ projects and collaborations in conservation programs. All of our programs place great emphasis on student and professional training, technology transfer and research in the conservation of endangered species. 

Original Facility

First opened in April 1996, at a cost of $2.4 million, the original three-story research building and attached veterinary medical facility contained 16,448 square feet. The facility consisted of housing, an animal nursery, a surgery suite, several research laboratories, a student dormitory and offices. 


The $6 million expansion increased the facility to 175% of its original size. The expansion doubled the research area and provided additional medical facilities, greatly enhancing the Zoo’s ability to respond to national and international conservation needs. This expansion also allows the Zoo to provide more effective training for students and colleagues from around the world.