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Omaha Zoo 4 All, A Sensory Experience

An experience "4 All" to enjoy! With the Zoo's sensory mobile app, Omaha Zoo 4 All, visitors can prepare, engage and inspire loved ones with autism or sensory needs with the following tools at their fingertips:

  • Sensory guides to preview exhibits. Sensory and audio versions are available in easy and advanced formats with a selection of font styles.

  • Customizable scheduler to plan your visit. Make your own checklist for the day using a selection of pre-populated items. Also create your own to-dos and upload your own photos.

  • Sensory-friendly map with quiet areas and other stimuli. Identify quiet spaces, low-light zones, high-touch areas and the best places to move around. Also includes the locations of our restrooms.

  • Communication and reminder tools. Tap on one of many pictures to talk, ask for help or serve a reminder of a particular task.

  • Card-matching game to relax your senses. Match cards featuring different animals and habitats from around the Zoo.

  • Insider tips. Hours of operation for our rides and attractions, wagon, stroller and wheelchair rental information, and more of your frequently asked questions answered.

Sensory kits will also be available to checkout on a first-come, first-serve basis at the main entrance of the Zoo. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, they will also be available at the Zoo’s North Entrance when it is open. The kits can be used in addition to the sensory app or on their own. Each one includes headphones with ear covers, sunglasses, a two-minute sand timer and fidget items.

The mobile app and sensory kits were made possible with the support of our friends at Autism Action Partnership, a certified autism center and nonprofit organization, who has been serving the needs of Nebraska's autism community for more than a decade.


Omaha's Zoo, An Exploration Guide

Plan your trip, buy tickets, ease your exploration and stay connected at one of the best zoos in the world with the Omaha's Zoo mobile app. In addition to buying tickets and having the latest Zoo news, educational programming and visitor information at the palm of your hand, users will be able to enjoy the following:

  • Mobile membership card. Are you an Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium membership? Connect your membership to the app, so you always have a backup.
  • GPS-enabled Zoo map. This feature displays the location of its users in real time. Users can also locate the Zoo’s exhibits, concession stands, gift shops and other facilities, as well as compare distances between locations by dropping pins.
  • Interactive special events and animal encounters calendars. Both calendars allow users to download reminders to their phone and create favorites lists.
  • Geo-fencing technology. This feature uses GPS coordinates to create virtual barriers, or geo-fences, allowing the Zoo to send exclusive on-grounds notifications, such as African Grasslands construction updates and new animal arrivals, to enhance the guest experience.
  • Push notifications. The Zoo will be able to communicate, or push, pertinent information, such as inclement weather updates, to users without the app being open on a phone.
  • Social media-friendly photo booth. Users can apply a Zoo-themed frame to selfies and other fun photos and share those images on their social media channels or download directly to their phone.
  • Wildlife Safari Park guide. Get the scoop on Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s North American drive-through Wildlife Safari Park. Includes admission fee, exhibit, special event and educational programming information.

Free to download on Apple's App Store or Google Play for Android.