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Category: coronavirus

Two Tigers at Omaha’s Zoo and Aquarium Have Tested Positive for COVID-19

Two Amur tigers at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. When the 11-year-old female Tiger began to cough, the Veterinary staff knew from colleague’s descriptions and videos of infected Tigers that COVID-19 was likely; and they requested samples from many of the Zoo’s large cats. Thanks to routine training performed by the Animal Care staff, several of the cats allowed nasal ... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Friday, Nov 12, 2021

Omaha’s Zoo Thanks Healthcare Workers and Emergency Responders with Free Admission

In gratitude for their exemplary work during the coronavirus crisis, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is pleased to offer free gate admission to all healthcare workers and emergency responders, and their immediate families, from Sunday, February 14, through Sunday, February 21. These honored guests can show their work identification badge at the Zoo’s main entrance for admittance. “As we celebrate Valentine’s Day, Zoo staff and I wanted to tak... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Friday, Feb 12, 2021

Wildlife Safari Park Reaches Attendance Milestone

The Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park in Ashland, Nebraska, hit an attendance record of over 400,000 visitors on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. This milestone more than doubles its attendance in 2019 and well eclipses the previous record of 246,500 set during the Wildlife Safari Park’s inaugural 1998 season. “All of us at the Zoo and Wildlife Safari Park are overwhelmed by the community support during this unprecedented year,” said Dennis Schnurbusch, senior vice president of ope... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Thursday, Nov 5, 2020

Recognizing Zoo Superheroes for Wearing Masks

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium announces a program to recognize Zoo Superheroes who wear their mask to help keep others healthy. Once a week, a special Zoo Squad will be on Zoo grounds looking for children and families who keep their masks on even when there is not a rule to do so, such as outside. Recipients will become official “Zoo Superheroes” with a sticker and animal face mask for each child. “As we continue to figure out new ways to go about our regular ... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Friday, Sep 25, 2020

Zoo Reopens Mahoney Kingdoms of the Night and Increases Overall Capacity

The Zoo announces the reopening of Mahoney Kingdoms of the Night and increased overall capacity. These changes are in accordance with the Nebraska Governor Pete Rickett’s Phase IV Directive Health Measures. These new operating procedures will go into effect on Friday, September 18, 2020. Phase IV means that there will no longer be a limit on the number of visitors to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Due to this change, Zoo members will no longer be required to reserve ... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Thursday, Sep 17, 2020

Zoo Changes Operating Hours

The Zoo is changing the last ticket admission time to 3 p.m. daily beginning on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Buildings will remain open until 5 p.m. and the Zoo grounds until 6 p.m. Guests can make a reservation for a time to enter the Zoo up to three days in advance of their visit at These schedule changes are intended to generate financial savings for the Zoo. “A closer look at our guests’ attendance patterns suggests that only approximately 5 perce... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Friday, Jul 24, 2020

Zoo Announces Increased Capacity on Grounds and Reopening of Hubbard Expedition Madagascar, Gorilla Valley, and Orangutan Forest

The Zoo is happy to announce the reopening of Hubbard Expedition Madagascar, Hubbard Gorilla Valley, and Hubbard Orangutan Forest on Friday, July 3. The Elevator building, which provides access to these areas, will also be open. Overall capacity of the Zoo has been increased to 9,200 people on grounds, while keeping building capacity at 50 percent of occupancy rate. These parameters allow guests to safely social distance between groups. “As we approach the holiday weekend, we hope the ... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Thursday, Jul 2, 2020

Zoo Announces Reopening of the Lied Jungle, Alaskan Adventure, and Lozier Giant Screen Theater

The Zoo is happy to announce the reopening of the Lied Jungle on Friday, June 26; the Alaskan Adventure splashgrounds on Saturday, June 27; and the Lozier Giant Screen Theater on Monday, June 29.  “Thanks to the great work of our employees and the overwhelming support of the Omaha community, the Zoo is continuing to take one careful step at a time back toward regular operations,” said Dennis Pate, president and CEO of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquariu... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Thursday, Jun 25, 2020

Zoo Announces Reopening of the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium and the Desert Dome

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is pleased to announce the reopening of the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium and Desert Dome on Wednesday, June 24. Along with welcoming guests back into these exhibits, the Zoo is also excited to announce the completion of the Scott Aquarium renovation.  “Beginning to open indoor exhibits is a day we have been looking forward to. We are thrilled to welcome visitors back into the Aquarium and Dome,” said Dennis Pate, President and... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Tuesday, Jun 23, 2020

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