USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards has selected Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium as a contender for “Best Zoo” and Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park for “Best Safari Park” in America. Asian Highlands at the Zoo have also been nominated as “Best Zoo Exhibit” in the country. Supporters are asked to cast their votes online through March 6 to determine the winners.
“Last year, the Safari Park and Asian Highlands took first place honors and the Zoo ended in second place for Best Zoo. This year we are working for that #1 Zoo spot!” said Dr. Luis R. Padilla, DVM, Dipl. ACZM, President and CEO of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. “We are asking our extremely supportive Omaha community, who takes such pride and ownership of their Zoo, to help us by voting every day. We are also asking you to spread the word by letting friends and family know about the vote,” said Dr. Padilla. “There will be a tremendous amount of pride for all of us when Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium takes that #1 spot, right alongside the Wildlife Safari Park and Asian Highlands.”
There are several options to easily vote for the Zoo, Asian Highlands and the Wildlife Safari Park. The Zoo’s website and social media accounts have postings with links for voting. People are welcome to share these posts to encourage others to vote. There is also a social media kit available with ideas to encourage voting, including flyers for posting, on the Zoo’s website at OmahaZoo.com/10Best. The Zoo’s website is also an easy place to vote every day. Direct links for voting are also listed below:
The public has until 11 a.m. CDT on Monday, March 6, to vote online. Each person can vote once per day, per device, and per category every day of the contest. The top 10 zoos, zoo exhibits and safari wildlife parks with the most votes will be announced on the 10Best’s website on Friday, March 17, at 11 a.m. CDT. The winners will also be announced in USA TODAY newspaper.
USA Today 10Best, which provides travel and lifestyle advice, asks its readers to choose the 10Best in categories ranging from food, lodging and destinations to travel gear and things to do. 10Best’s travel experts select the top 20 nominees for each category and have the readers vote to determine the top 10 selections.