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Zoo Announces Plans for Phased Openings

The Zoo has announced a phased approach to continue opening more areas and exhibits. These decisions are based on the most recent health and safety guidelines provided by the governor’s office. With capacity limits increasing to 10,000 for the Zoo as a whole and indoor spaces increasing to 50 percent of rated capacity, the Zoo is preparing to open indoor exhibits for guests.  As the Zoo waits for official approval of building opening plans by the Douglas County Health Department,... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Saturday, Jun 20, 2020

Wildlife Safari Park Opens Bison Overlook, Walking Trails and More

Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park in Ashland, Nebraska, is opening more areas for visitors today after being a drive-through experience only this season due to coronavirus. Guests are now able to leave their vehicle to do some exploring.  Areas opening today to visitors include the walking trails, the Bison Overlook, the Pelican Wetlands Overlook, the Eagle Aviary, the Prairie Dog viewing, the Pawnee Creek Food Trailer, and the base deck of the Crane Meadows Viewing Tower (all other... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Monday, Jun 15, 2020

Reopening Fact Sheet

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium plans a phased reopening. Phase 1 includes no indoor access but allows outdoor guest usage with clearly defined guidelines for the health and safety of Zoo guests and staff. There will be timed ticketing to keep guest attendance at a capacity that allows adherence to the 6-foot social distancing recommendations. Phase 1 capacity will be no more than 3000 guests at any given time and requires a time reservation to be made ahead of the visit at ... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Zoo Announces Reopening Plan

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium plans to open its outdoor exhibits on Monday, June 1, 2020, after being closed to the public since March 16 due to the coronavirus crisis. The opening of the Zoo is planned as a one-way “walking safari,” including social distancing, and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols based on health and safety guidelines provided by state and local authorities. Guests are strongly encouraged to wear face masks while on  Zoo property. ... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Zoo Plans to Reopen June 1

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium plans to reopen on Monday, June 1, 2020. This announcement is based on the guidance given this afternoon by Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts at his press conference. The Zoo has been planning for its reopening for about a month and will share its reopening details, which include significant restrictions, on Tuesday, May 26. Dennis Pate, president and CEO of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, said, “All of us at the Zoo are thrilled... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Thursday, May 21, 2020

Zoo Cuts Budget by 36% in Response to COVID-19

The Zoo has made the difficult decision to furlough and eliminate positions at the Zoo. All furloughed employees will retain their health benefits and have been notified. The furloughs are in addition to salary reductions, a hiring freeze and non-animal related expense reductions. Dennis Pate, president and CEO of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium said, “Decisions affecting our staff are very difficult and not made lightly knowing their level of commitment to the Zoo. While... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Thursday, May 7, 2020

Zoo Extends Closing Date Due to COVID-19

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is extending the date that it will be closed to the public through April 30, 2020. The decision was made based on the directions yesterday by Douglas County Health Department, and Nebraska’s publication of guidance on cancelling events and limiting the number of people in public gatherings. The Zoo is not aware of any guests or employees with positive Coronavirus tests. Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium will continue to post updates... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Thursday, Mar 19, 2020

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Closes Due to COVID-19

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium will be closed to the public starting Monday, March 16, through the end of the month. The decision was made based on the announcement yesterday by Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts of the state’s first case of community spread and Nebraska’s publication of guidance on events and public gatherings. The Zoo is not aware of any guests or employees with positive Coronavirus tests. As the situation changes and decisions are made about the... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Sunday, Mar 15, 2020