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Omaha’s Zoo and Aquarium Celebrates Milestone Year for Amphibian Conservation Area

Omaha’s Zoo and Aquarium’s Amphibian Conservation Area staff celebrates a milestone year with involvement in their first-ever repatriation effort for Western boreal toads and the release of their 100,000 th amphibian into the wild. The Zoo sent off 3,847 Western boreal toad tadpoles, metamorphs, and adults to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources for release in the Paunsaugunt Plateau area near Bryce Canyon National Park on Wednesday, August 18, and Thursday, September 9.... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Friday, Oct 15, 2021

Join Us at the Howl-O-Ween Safari at Wildlife Safari Park

Wildlife Safari Park is kicking off the Halloween season with Howl-O-Ween Safari on Friday, Oct. 15, and Saturday, Oct. 16. Join us around the campfire for dinner, a marshmallow roast, a ride on a straw-filled hayrack ride, and to play Halloween-themed games in the great outdoors at Wildlife Safari Park after-hours. This event also includes your very own treat bag and don’t forget to wear your Halloween costume! This Halloween event is suitable for all ages. VIP passes are available... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Wednesday, Oct 13, 2021

Omaha’s Zoo and Aquarium Announces Ghouls & Glow Return for the Halloween 2021 Season

Omaha’s Zoo and Aquarium proudly announces the return of Ghouls and Glow presented by  Veridian Credit Union . Experience a light-time adventure for the whole family this Halloween at Omaha's Zoo and Aquarium. This fun and not-so-frightening event is an illuminated spectacle for all ages being held October 8 – 10 and 15 – 30, 2021. Over 400 larger-than life lanterns, custom-made for the Zoo, will illuminate the Bay Family’s... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Wednesday, Sep 8, 2021

Omaha’s Zoo and Aquarium Opens Lee G. Simmons Aviary After Renovation

On Friday, July 23, the Lee G. Simmons Aviary will open at 9 a.m. to the general public after being closed for renovations. An elevated and on ground boardwalk takes visitors through the Aviary with a special section dedicated to flamingo viewing. Easier walking and viewing provide a great bird watching experience with more than 250 birds calling the Aviary home. “We now have a beautiful 1.3 acre renovated outdoor space for our birds and new learning opportunities for guests as we... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Thursday, Jul 22, 2021

Omaha’s Zoo and Aquarium Welcomes One Millionth Visitor of 2021

This year’s millionth visitor to walk through the redemption gates at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium was Jenny Atkinson from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Atkinson entered the Zoo at about 10:35 a.m. today, July 18. Atkinson is visiting the Zoo with her family: Christopher Unger, Henri (age 9) and Charlie (age 3).     As the Zoo’s special guest, Atkinson and her family were greeted by a “tunnel” of Zoo staff and the Zoo’s Animal... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Sunday, Jul 18, 2021

Omaha's Zoo Celebrates World Snake Day with First-Time Birth

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium made history of its own with the Zoo’s first-time birth of four endangered eastern indigo snakes on Wednesday, July 14, and Thursday, July 15. The offspring, whose eggs were laid on Wednesday, April 14, with the first one pipping on Tuesday, July 13, emerged just in time for World Snake Day, which is today. Once they are able to successfully feed on their own, they will be moved to a habitat visible to the public in the Desert Dome’s... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Friday, Jul 16, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at Omaha’s Zoo

Children’s Partners with Douglas County Health, Omaha's Zoo to Protect Eligible Individuals 12 & Up. On June 9 and 16, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, Douglas County Health Department and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium are partnering to offer walk-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics at the Zoo. A mobile van will be set up on site, and Children’s expert pediatric team will staff the effort, giving immunizations and helping people schedule their... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Monday, Jun 7, 2021

New Bison Calf Joins Herd at Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park

The bison herd at Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park in Ashland has grown by one — a calf born on May 11. Visitors can see the auburn-colored calf roaming Bison Plains with mom and the herd.  Bison calves will turn dark brown a few months after birth, the same time their characteristic hump and horns start to grow.  Since its opening in 1998, the Wildlife Safari Park has played a key role in conserving bison and educating the public about the critical challenges... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Friday, Jun 4, 2021

Asian Highlands and Wildlife Safari Park Both Take First Place Spots in 2021 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards

USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards has selected Asian Highlands at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium as the Best Zoo Exhibit in North America in  2021 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards. The Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park has also been named the Best Wildlife Park in North America by USA TODAY readers. Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium ®  ranked near the top of the leader board and was named the third “Best... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Friday, Jun 4, 2021

Omaha's Zoo Kicks Off Summer

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is ready for summer and happy to welcome visitors to the Zoo. Several exhibits and attractions will open this Friday, May 28, to celebrate Memorial Day, including the Alaskan Adventure Splashgrounds, Berniece Grewcock Butterfly and Insect Pavilion, Bay Family Children’s Adventure Trails, all rides, and the North Entrance. The Hawkins Giraffe Encounter and Meadowlark Theater will be open daily beginning on Saturday, May 29. “We are excited... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Thursday, May 27, 2021