Visitor Experiences

Visitor Experiences

Visitor Experiences

 

New Backstage Experiences - Coming Soon! 

New Behind-the-Scenes Explorations for 2020 Being Developed! 
Check back for New and Improved Experiences!  

 

Animal Encounters

All animal encounters are weather and staff-dependent and their hours change seasonally.

Animal Discoveries, Training, Enrichment and Feedings

*Schedule is weather and staff-dependent.
 
Bay Family’s Children’s Adventure Trails (April-Sept)
10:30 a.m. Animal Discovery
11:30 a.m. Goat Training
1:30 p.m. Animal Discovery 
3:30 p.m. Prairie Dog Feeding
 
Wild Kingdom Pavilion
(year-round)
10:30 a.m. Animal Discovery 
11:30 a.m. Animal Discovery 
1:30 p.m. Animal Discovery 
2:30 p.m. Animal Discovery
 
Scott African Grasslands
(May 24 - Sept. 2) 
10 a.m. Animal Discovery at Kopje Outcropping
10:30 a.m. Animal Discovery at Kopje Outcropping
10:30 a.m. Elephant Enrichment/Training at Elephant Amphitheater
2 p.m. Elephant Enrichment/Training at Elephant Amphitheater 
3 p.m. Lion Enrichment/Training
 
Scott Aquarium
10:30 a.m. Penguin Feeding (Weekend Only)
11 a.m. Shark Feeding (Wednesday/Saturday)
3 p.m. Penguin Feeding (Weekends Only)
 
Asian Highlands
10 a.m. Snow Leopard Enrichment/Training (Weekends Only)
11:30 a.m. Amur Tiger Enrichment/Training (Weekends Only)
1:30 p.m. Sloth Bear Enrichment/Training (Weekends Only)
 
Hubbard Orangutan Forest
(May 24 - Sept. 2)
1:30 p.m. Orangutan Enrichment
 
Owen Sea Lion Pavilion (May - Oct)
11 a.m. Sea Lion Training (except Wednesday) 
2:30 a.m. Sea lion Training (except Wednesday)

Stingray Beach

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.

Hours

Open daily through September 30 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. In October, open Saturdays and Sundays only from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Hours are weather-permitting.

All rides will not operate if there is rain, snow, ice or if the temperature will not reach 50 degrees by 1 p.m.

Pricing

  • $4 for non-members
  • $3 for Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members (must have membership card and valid photo I.D. present)
  • $2 for school groups
  • Feeding cups are available for $1.50 (limited quantities daily)

 

Giraffe Encounter

The Giraffe Encounter is a dedicated area that provides visitors with eye-to-eye viewing and an opportunity to feed the giraffes.

Hours

Open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily through September 30. In October, open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays only.

Hours are weather-permitting.

Pricing

$3 to feed

Birds in Flight Program

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.

Hours

Open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily May 24 - September. Programs are held weather permitting.

Pricing

Free with an Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium membership or general Zoo admission

Budgie Encounter

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.

Hours

Closed for the season.

Pricing

$1 per feeding stick

Lemur Walkway

Cross the boardwalk to walk among red ruffed lemurs on Lemur Island, located in front of Expedition Madagascar.

Hours

Closed for the season.

Pricing

Free with an Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium membership or general Zoo admission