Backstage Experiences are back! Now is your chance to join us on a VIP backstage tour to see what it takes to run one of the best zoos in the world. Aquarium, Giraffe, Elephant, and Center for Conservation and Research tours are offered weekly. Click the below link to register. See you behind the scenes!
Cost is $60 per person, $45 per member. Price includes admission to the Zoo.
All participants must be at least 8 years old. Participants 17 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Participants should arrive at least 15 minutes before their tour begins.
Have you ever wondered how much water is above your head as you walk through the tunnel of the Walter Scott Aquarium, or how we feed the sharks and rays who call the aquarium home? Join us behind the scenes to explore the aquarium from the other side of the glass.
Get to know the Zoo's herd of reticulated giraffes during a tour of the Syd and Betty Cate Family Giraffe Herd Rooms. Learn how we care for animals that stand 15 feet above the ground, and how our herd rooms are specially designed for the Zoo's tallest residents.
Take a behind the scenes tour of the largest family herd room in North America. Participants will meet our African elephants and learn what it takes to care for animals weighing over 6,000 pounds.
Head behind the scenes in our Center for Conservation and Research, where you will learn about the work Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is doing to help protect animals both in the wild and in Zoos and Aquariums around the country.
Looking to book one of the above tours for your group at a time not listed? Special arrangements can be made for an additional fee of $20 per person by contacting the Education Department at email@example.com or 402-738-2092. Groups must have at least 6 participants and contact the Education Department at least 3 weeks in advance.
Looking to go behind the scenes virtually? Book one of the above experiences for your group by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-738-2092. See you virtually behind the scenes!
If you can’t make it around the Zoo in one day, you’re not alone. Let us take you to some of our most popular exhibits on the far side of the Zoo from the comfort of our golf cart. Visitors will have the chance to journey behind-the-scenes during their tour and learn how we care for over 30,000 animals at the Zoo.
This tour is available for visitors of all ages and will include some walking.
Offered daily 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Cost is $60 per person, $45 per member. Price includes admission to the Zoo. Tickets are free for children under 2 years old.
The Dick and Mary Holland Meadowlark Theater features a Birds in Flight Program highlighting 15 of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s bird species, including Harris hawks, Guinea fowl, red front macaws and blue and gold macaws. All 35 birds participating in the program are fully flighted birds that fly specific paths or demonstrate specific behaviors for the audience.
Animal encounters at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. daily.
Free with an Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium membership or general Zoo admission
The Giraffe Encounter is a dedicated area that provides visitors with eye-to-eye viewing and an opportunity to feed the giraffes.
Open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. though Sunday, September 26 on Saturdays and Sundays only - weather permitting.
$5 to feed
Experience small birds flying overhead or from the palm of your hand at the Budgie Encounter, located inside of Children's Adventure Trails near the North Entrance of the Zoo.
Meet and brush the African Pygmy Goats in an African-style “kraal” - an African livestock enclosure using vertically arranged branches to keep livestock in and predators out. Learn how wildlife conservationists are protecting Africa's natural predators by protecting livestock.
Daily starting Saturday, May 29 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. weather permitting.
Come hand to fin with cownose, Southern and Atlantic stingrays at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium's interactive exhibit Stingray Beach, located up the hill from the Omaha Zoo Railroad's Omaha Depot. Touch, feed and interact with these aquatic creatures as they glide through an 80-foot-long pool. Interpreters will be nearby to answer all of your questions and more.
Open daily starting Friday, May 28 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. weather permitting.
10:30 am Snow Leopard Enrichment/ Training in Asian Highlands
10:30 am & 3:00 pm Antarctic Penguin Feeding in Scott Aquarium
10:30 am, 1:30 pm & 3:00 pm Sea Lion Training in Owen Sea Lion Shores
11:00 am Shark Feeding (Wednesday & Saturdays) in Scott Aquarium
11:30 am Amur Tiger Enrichment/ Training in Asian Highlands
1:30 pm Sloth Bear Enrichment/ Training in Asian Highlands
3:00 pm Lion Enrichment/ Training in African Grasslands