We can’t wait to see you! To adhere to health and safety guidelines, the Zoo has made some changes to ensure a “healthy you, healthy Zoo.” At this time of opening, the Zoo will offer an outdoor walk-through experience only. All guests - members and non-members - must make a ticket reservation before visiting.
The Zoo has made some changes to ensure a "healthy you, healthy Zoo." At this time, At this time, all guests - members and non-members - must reserve a time before visiting. Reservations can be made up to two days in advance. The Zoo will be an outdoor walk-through experience only. About 1.8 miles long, the designated one-way path begins at the Main Entrance and ends at the North Entrance. Backtracking on the pathway is prohibited. Face masks are strongly encouraged. To plan your visit accordingly, become familiar with the guidelines we have in place.
Social distance from home while interacting with our staff online from different parts of the Zoo, where you will meet new animals, learn a variety of topics and meet some of our zookeepers—just like you were here. Engage with our staff in 45 - 60 minute experiences, such as virtual camps, backstage experiences, field trips and more.
We have been working hard to identify alternative ways to cover the essential expenses necessary to care for the 30,000-plus animals that call the Zoo home. We need you, our loyal supporters, now more than ever to ensure our vital mission of animal care and conservation continues. Please consider making a donation to the Zoo's Emergency Support Fund today.
Can't make it to the Zoo just yet? Let your learning journey continue through our series of interactive videos and activities, so you can still enjoy the Zoo from your living room - or wherever you are. See what some of the animals are up to in their habitats, how the keepers care for them each day, possibly visit your favorite part of the Zoo and more. Don't forget to share what you learned using the hashtags #ZooFromHome and #ThisIsHowWeZoo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The Zoo is opening on Monday, June 1. The opening of the Zoo is planned as a one-way “walking safari,” including social distancing, and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols based on health and safety guidelines provided by state and local authorities. Guests are strongly encouraged to wear face masks while on Zoo property.
Temporarily closed. Reopening June 1.
Open Thanksgiving Day.
Adults (ages 12 and over): $20.95
Children (ages 3-11): $13.95
Seniors (65 and over): $19.95
At this time, all guests - members and non-members - must reserve a time before visiting. Reservations can be made up to 2 days in advance of your visit.
Don't miss out on the amazing perks of being an Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium member. Once you join our family, receive free Zoo and Lozier Giant Screen Theater admission, access to our annual Member's Day event, discounts on Zoo events, educational programming, concessions, gifts and rides purchases, reciprocal privileges to more than 100 zoos nationwide and more!
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Learn about the animals of the Zoo through animal discoveries, enrichment, training and feedings. All Animal Encounters are weather-permitting and staff-dependent. Their hours change seasonally.
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Virtual Backstage Experiences
See the Zoo from a new point of view from the comfort of your couch! Join us backstage and see what it takes to run one of the best zoos in the world. Reservations are required.
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Virtual Moo at the Zoo
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Teddy Bear Weekend
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Consistently ranked as one of the world's top five zoos, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is an independent not-for-profit organization accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
As a leader in conservation, the Zoo focuses on areas to benefit animal husbandry and species conservation. Focus areas include conservation genetics, conservation medicine, rare plant conservation, reproductive sciences and comparative nutrition. The Zoo is recognized nationally for its conservation, animal care and exhibit design.
Dr. Jason Herrick, our director of reproductive sciences, spent time in South Africa with the Black-Footed Cat Working Group, a small international team of scientists dedicated to studying and conserving the black-footed cat, a little-known and feisty cat species. Herrick serves as the reproduction advisor for the Felid Taxon Advisory Group and the black-footed cat, sand cat, snow leopard and tiger Species Survival Plans.
He and other biologists have been working together in the field through radio-collar studies and collecting sperm samples in the hopes of increasing the population of this vulnerable species.
The Zoo's Salt Creek Tiger Beetle conservation program started off producing around 30 beetles per year. Today, that number has increased to more than 700. Since its inception, about 5,000 beetle larvae have been produced from the Berniece Grewcock Butterfly and Insect Pavilion, which has helped the adult population more than double since 2014 and remain stable at 370 individuals in the last two years. 2018 was another successful year for the program with 750 larvae produced from beetles that eclosed (emerged as an adult from a pupa) in the Zoo’s lab. These beetles will play a vital part in future releases and pairings. About 100 adult beetles were released into the saline wetlands with their wild counterparts in summer 2018.
Wild tiger populations have been declining to dangerously low numbers due to extinction threats like human conflict and poaching for the illegal wildlife trade. To save this cherished animal, numerous efforts approach the problem from every angle, from protecting tigers in their natural habitat, to ensuring there is enough stored genetic material to protect the species. Contributing to the second part of the equation, the Zoo, in partnership with the Association of Zoo and Aquariums’ Tiger Species Survival Plan (SSP), has created a new Tiger Breeding Center in Omaha and has been selected to participate in the Tiger Genome Project.
Make learning an adventure worth while. We have many "trailheads" to get you started, and there's something for everyone. Now choose a program and get out there and explore!
For kids of all ages, the Zoo offers unique, hands-on opportunities to play, explore and learn about the natural world and the animal kingdom.
Make your vacation a "stay-cation" with an overnight experience at the Zoo and us as your travel guide! Just tell us where we are going and who is coming with.
The Zoo is hitting the road! Let us bring fun, interactive and education programs to your group, large or small.
Enhance your curriculum and inspire your students! The Zoo has the resources with programs designed to meet state and national standards.