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Second Beer in Zoo Brew Series to Focus on African Elephant Conservation

The second of four beers in Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and Zipline Brewing Co.’s Zoo Brew Series, African Elephant XPA, will make its debut in Zipline’s tasting room on  Friday, September 28 and select retail outlets by Saturday, September 29.  African Elephant XPA, an extra pale ale, is brewed and dry-hopped exclusively with Southern Star hops from South Africa. Drinkers can expect a crisp, bright taste with tangy berry notes. Proceeds generated from... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Friday, Sep 14, 2018

Free Monarch Tagging Events at Zoo and Wildlife Safari Park

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and Wildlife Safari Park will host monarch butterfly tagging events in September. Visitors can participate in public monarch tagging at the Zoo on September 8 and 15, and at Wildlife Safari Park on September 16 and 23. Events at both locations will be from 1 to 3 p.m.  Guests will have the opportunity to actively participate in monarch tagging during the event as well as learn more about the process of tagging monarch butterflies in their own... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Friday, Aug 31, 2018

Zoo Plants Two Millionth Tree in Madagascar

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, in partnership with Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership (MBP), planted its two millionth tree in Madagascar today. Since 2012, the organizations’ reforestation efforts have been focused on providing habitat for lemurs, the most threatened group of mammals in the world.  Nearly all species of lemurs, which only live on the African island of Madagascar, are threatened due to habitat loss caused by deforestation. In 2012, the Zoo and MBP... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Wednesday, Aug 29, 2018

Zoo Announces Nancy Armitage Wildlife Lecture Series

For the first time ever, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium will host the Nancy Armitage Wildlife Lecture Series, a series of three lectures created to honor the memory of Nancy Armitage. The free lecture series will feature various speakers focusing on informative topics facing wildlife today.  “Throughout her life, Nancy had such a strong passion for wildlife and conservation, as well as a zest for life experiences,” said Dr. Jim Armitage. “When she got... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Wednesday, Aug 22, 2018

Zoo Provides University of Nebraska at Omaha with Opportunities for Research and Partnerships

Once the Bay Family's Children's Adventure Trails opened, two assistant professors from the University of Nebraska at Omaha's College of Education set to work collecting 64 hours of observational data and interviews through qualitative research methods with visitors and staff members. Throughout the summer, they set out to identify areas of cognitive, physical, social and emotional development fostered by the space. One of the most significant findings from their time there... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Thursday, Aug 16, 2018

Zoo Partners with Lauritzen Gardens for Boy Scouts Conservation Event

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and Lauritzen Gardens are partnering for a Boy Scouts for Wildlife Conservation event on Saturday, August 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The event, open to Cub and Boy Scouts, will focus on the importance of wildlife and conservation of its natural habitats. Activities will highlight conservation efforts being done by both organizations and provide opportunities for Scouts to become part of the effort. Participants will be at Omaha’s Henry... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Thursday, Aug 16, 2018

2018-2019 School Year to Begin at the Zoo

Zoo Academy, Kindergarten, Little Lions Preschool and Pre-K students are kicking off the 2018-2019 school year at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s Robert B. Daugherty Education Center on Wednesday. Middle School Zoo Academy students will start on Monday, August 27. Zoo Academy has more than 115 high school students registered for the school year from Omaha Public Schools, Papillion La Vista Community Schools, Bellevue Public Schools, Westside Community Schools and, new... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Friday, Aug 10, 2018

Sea Lion Exhibit Next Step in Master Plan

Exciting things are happening at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium as it continues to move forward with the next phases of its master plan. Owen Coastal Shores, a new habitat for the Zoo’s sea lions is scheduled to open in spring 2020. The sea lions will be in a Pacific Northwest coast inspired area with brown pelicans.  Design development for the new sea lion habitat is underway with construction slated to begin in late fall. The approximately one-acre site will be... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Thursday, Aug 2, 2018

The Omaha Zoo Railroad Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

The Omaha Zoo Railroad is celebrating its 50th anniversary today and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium will be celebrating all week long.  The Railroad’s official Golden Spike dedication ceremony took place on July 23, 1968. Mayor A.V. Sorenson and Edd H. Bailey, Union Pacific’s president at the time, drove the brass-plated “golden spike” at the ceremony that officially marked the completion of the Omaha Zoo Railroad. Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Monday, Jul 23, 2018

Pygmy Hippo Calf Makes His Debut

A male pygmy hippopotamus calf, born on April 30, is now in its habitat in Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s Lied Jungle®.  The calf, named Silas by his keepers, can be seen in the exhibit’s African rainforest with the dam, Chomel, an 18-year-old from Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Illinois. The sire is Scooby, a 27-year-old from Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas, who has been at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium since 1991. Zoo visitors can... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Thursday, Jul 12, 2018