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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

King Penguin Chick to Join Other Penguins in Scott Aquarium

A four month old King penguin chick will enter its habitat in the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium for the first time tomorrow. The chick, whose sex is currently unknown, is extremely valuable to the North American King penguin population as it is the first offspring for two wild hatched birds. Due to its genetic importance, the decision was made to raise the chick by hand. The egg was artificially incubated for 54 days and hatched on February 15. The Zoo’s Aquarium bird department... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Wednesday, Jun 27, 2018

Celebrate World Oceans Day at the Zoo

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium will be celebrating World Oceans Day in partnership with DiVentures on Friday, June 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Guests can participate in family-friendly educational activities throughout Zoo grounds. Programming will bring recognition to ocean conservation while teaching guests how their everyday actions impact the world’s oceans and their inhabitants. DiVentures’ Finny the Shark and JCMF Children’s Charities’ Josh the... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Thursday, Jun 7, 2018

Summer Tips for Zoo Guests

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is offering tips to guests on how to make the most of out of their experience, beginning with their commute.  To help navigate your way to the Zoo with as much ease as possible, please utilize the following tips: Come Monday-Thursday, which are less busy days. Enter the Zoo from the south, accessible via 13th Street.  Enter the Zoo from the north by utilizing the Martha Street Exit. If Zoo guests are staying in a nearby... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Zoo Partners with DiVentures for Ocean Health Conservation and Education Programs

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is happy to announce DiVentures as an official partner of the Zoo. This innovative partnership will focus on Ocean Health Conservation and Education programs.  “DiVentures has been a great supporter of our diving program over the years, and we are very excited to have them as an official partner in conservation to help us engage the community in our efforts.” said Dennis Pate, president and CEO of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Monday, Apr 30, 2018

March and April Road Closures and Travel Information

Beginning March 19th, there will be road closures that may affect how you get to and from the Zoo. The Nebraska Department of Roads has provided a timeline of these closures and suggested detours.  Timeline of Road Closures and Suggested Detours Southbound I-480 and Northbound US-75 Ramps Extended ramp closures for the southbound I-480 and northbound US-75 ramps to eastbound I-80 began on March 19th at 10 p.m. for approximately 30 days.  Suggested detour routes are... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Thursday, Mar 29, 2018

Newly Renovated Lozier Giant Screen Theater to Open on Friday

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s newly renovated Lozier Giant Screen Theater® will open to the public on Friday, March 30. The Theater has been closed for upgrades since January 15. Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium contracted D3D Cinema to lead its digital 3D projection system upgrade, which includes a new projection system, screen and sound system. A Christie xenon-illuminated 3-D 4K projection system has eliminated the need for film reels. With the digital... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Wednesday, Mar 28, 2018

Wildlife Safari Park to Open for the Season on Friday

Wildlife Safari Park in Ashland will open for the season on Friday, March 30. The Park will be open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wildlife Safari Park offers four miles of drive-through North American wildlife viewing from the comfort of your own vehicle. Wildlife Safari Park visitors will see a variety of animals in their natural habitats, including more than 60 American elk spread across the 50-acre Elk Meadow and a 10-acre wetlands area with American white pelicans. Visitors can explore the... Read More
Posted by Michelle Meisinger at Wednesday, Mar 28, 2018