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Omaha’s Zoo and Aquarium’s Reforestation Efforts Reach 5 Million Trees Planted in Madagascar

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 5-millionth tree in Madagascar. Representatives from governmental and environmental agencies from across the region attended the special event. For 13 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... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Friday, Jun 10, 2022

Omaha’s Zoo and Aquarium Mourns Loss of Giraffe

Omaha’s Zoo and Aquarium sadly announces the death of Dottie, a female Giraffe, yesterday, May 31, 2022. She was 22 years, 8 months, and 19 days old. Dottie was the oldest giraffe currently living at Omaha’s Zoo & Aquarium. Dottie was born on Sept. 13, 1999, and has been a resident of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium her whole life. She is the mother to three calves. Dottie’s daughter, LoLo, lives in the African Grasslands habitat at the Zoo. Her daughter,... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Wednesday, Jun 1, 2022

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium Hosts AZA Elephant Conference

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is currently hosting the Elephant Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) in Omaha with 37 participants in person and 28 virtually from 47 AZA-accredited organizations. This group examines the sustainability and conservation needs of both African and Asian Elephants to develop recommendations for population management and conservation based upon the needs of the species and AZA-accredited institutions. TAGs also manage the AZA Animal Programs, including Species... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Omaha's Zoo Announces Male Elephant Calf’s Name

The male African elephant calf born at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium on January 30, 2022, has a name and it is Sonny. “All of us at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium are beyond thrilled to have welcomed two healthy African elephant calves in January. What a way to start 2022!” said Dennis Pate, president and CEO of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. “With the elephant population decreasing, Eugenia and Sonny represent a new generation of... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Friday, Feb 4, 2022

It's a Boy! Omaha’s Zoo & Aquarium Welcomes Second Elephant Calf This Month

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is thrilled to announce Claire, a 13-year-old African elephant, gave birth to a male calf at 9:08 p.m. yesterday, January 30, 2022. Mom and calf are doing well. The weight of the calf is unknown at this time. The is the second African elephant calf born at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium this month, January 2022. These two calves are the first and only African elephants born at Omaha’s Zoo and Aquarium. Animal Care Staff... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Monday, Jan 31, 2022

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

Zoo's Conservation Genetics Director Wins International Conservation Awards

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s Director of Conservation Genetics, Dr. Edward E. Louis, Jr., was selected to receive two prestigious international awards this year: the Conservationist of the Year Award from the John Muir Association and the J. Sterling Morton Award from the Arbor Day Foundation. Dr. Louis was presented with the Conservationist of the Year Award during the John Muir Birthday – Earth Day Celebration at the John Muir National Historic Site in... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Wednesday, Apr 24, 2019

New Behind-the-Scenes Experiences!

Registration is now open for three additional behind-the-scenes experiences at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Giraffe Backstage Pass Meet the Zoo’s herd of reticulated giraffes as you tour exclusive behind-the-scenes areas in the Syd and Betty Cate Family Giraffe Herd Rooms. This experience will be offered on the second and fourth Tuesday beginning April through September from 1 to 2 p.m. Cost is $45 for Zoo members and $60 for non-members (includes Zoo admission).... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Friday, Mar 15, 2019

Gorillas on the Line...Answer the Call

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is partnering with World Gorilla Day for Gorillas on the Line…Answer the Call, a cell phone recycling campaign beginning on February 1 through April 30. For gorilla conservation, guests will have the option to leave old mobile phones, iPads, iPods, cameras and chargers in secure locations for recycling.  With taking the small step of recycling old electronics, the public can help protect gorilla habitat in Africa by reducing the need... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Friday, Feb 1, 2019

Waddling to a Store Near You: Rockhopper Bock

The third of four beers in Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and Zipline Brewing Co.’s Zoo Brew Series, Rockhopper Bock, will waddle into select retail outlets next week and Zipline’s tasting rooms on Friday, January 25, 2019.  Rockhopper Bock drinkers can expect complex malty aromas and flavors, with a slight touch of fruitiness. The beer has a low bitterness and medium body. Proceeds generated from Rockhopper Bock will directly support the Zoo’s efforts to... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Thursday, Jan 17, 2019