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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

Omaha's Zoo Announces Return of Late Nights This Summer Starting May 27

Join Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium for a relaxed evening of wildlife, food trucks and drinks as it hosts the first Late Nights at the Zoo of the summer on Thursday, May 27, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. This series is for adults only, ages 21 and older, and will also be held on the following Thursdays: June 3 & 17, July 1, 8, 15 & 29, and August 5. Each ticket to Late Nights at the Zoo includes one complimentary drink ticket, access to select Zoo exhibits after-hours, and the... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Monday, May 24, 2021

Zoo, Diventures, and Keep Omaha Beautiful Are Hosting Lake Cleanup Events

In partnership, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, Diventures, and Keep Omaha Beautiful are hosting four free lake cleanup events this summer on May 22, June 19, July 10 and August 14. All clean ups will occur between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The first event will be at Benson Park on Saturday, May 22. By joining in this cleanup initiative, volunteers will be making the local watershed a cleaner place, ultimately enhancing our community’s ecosystem. The... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Friday, May 21, 2021

Omaha’s Zoo and Aquarium Reforestation Efforts Reach 4 Million Trees Planted in Madagascar on Arbor Day

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, in collaboration with the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership (MBP) , and supported by the Arbor Day Foundation , has planted its 4-millionth tree in Madagascar in celebration of Arbor Day. For 12 years, these reforestation efforts have been focused on providing habitat for lemurs, the most threatened group of primates in the world. Habitat loss is one of the biggest threats to all of Madagascar's remaining lemur species. The primary... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Monday, May 3, 2021