Visitor Experiences

Visitor Experiences

Backstage Experiences

Now is your chance to join us backstage and see what it takes to run one of the best zoos in the world! All participants must sign a waiver prior to program. Guests 17 years and younger must be accompanied by a participating adult. Please wear non-slip shoes. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. All Backstage Experience fees include Zoo admission.

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Contact the Education Department at (402) 738-2092 for more information.

Golf Cart Tour

If you can’t make it around the entire 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 in the comforts of a golf cart. (This tour will include some walking.)

Offered daily May - October.

8:30 – 10:30 a.m. and 1 - 3 p.m.
$55 per person, $40 per member (limit five guests, includes Zoo admission) Pre-registration required


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Backstage Passes - New Octopus Backstage Pass Available!

$55 per person, $40 per member (Limit 15 guests, includes admission)
Ages 8 and up, Pre-registration required

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NEW! Octopus Backstage Pass (Limit 4 guests)

Experience what it takes to care for our giant pacific octopus. Chat with our keepers while they put together a meal for one of the most intelligent animals as we go behind the scenes in the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium.
  • 9:15 - 10:00 a.m., Tuesday

Aquarium Backstage Pass

Come see and smell our aquarium from the other side of the glass. Witness what it takes to feed the sharks in Shark Reef.
  • 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Wednesday and Saturday

Kingdoms of the Night Backstage Pass

Ever wonder what the swamp exhibit looks like with the lights on? Here’s your chance to face the night with the lights on.
  • 8 – 9 a.m., Tuesday and Thursday

Lied Jungle Backstage Pass

Discover what it takes to care for America's largest indoor rainforest. We will explore behind the scenes and have front row seats to feeding time for more than 300 free-flying bats during this amazing experience.
  • 3 - 4 p.m., Thursday and Saturday

Keeper Experiences

Cost: $130 per person, $115 members (Limit 2 guests, includes admission)
For ages 8 and up, Pre-registration required

Animal Programs Keeper

Experience what it takes to care for the animals who are ambassadors for their species while working side-by-side with the Wild Kingdom Pavilion's keepers.
  • 1 – 4 p.m., 1st and 3rd  Sunday of each month

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Wildlife Safari Park

Join us as we visit exclusive behind-the-scenes areas at the Wildlife Safari Park where you'll meet some of the animals we're caring for there! A visit to our Cheetah Breeding Center is a once in a lifetime opportunity you won't want to miss among others.

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Animal Encounters

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

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.


Open daily from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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


  • $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)

All-Day Attractions: $19.95
Offered seasonally. Includes Skyfari, Omaha Zoo Railroad, Tram, Sue's Wildlife Carousel and Stingray Beach. Budgie Encounter and Birds in Flight Program not included. All rides operate weather-permitting.

Giraffe Encounter

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


Open daily from 9 a.m.  - 4 p.m.  


$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.


Open daily from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 


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.


Open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 


$1 per feeding stick

Lemur Walkway

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


Open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 


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

African Goat Kraal

Brush and play among African pygmy goats in the African Grasslands. This area also provides viewing of the giraffe and rhino exhibit.


Open daily.


Free for Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with general Zoo admission

Other Encounters

  • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Touch Tank Open, Scott Aquarium
  • 10 and 10:30 a.m.: African Animal Discovery, Kopje Outcropping - African Grasslands
  • 10:30 a.m.: Antarctic Penguin Feeding, Scott Aquarium
  • 10:30 a.m.: Elephant Enrichment (Memorial Day - Labor Day), Lower Elephant Yard - African Grasslands
  • 11 a.m.: Sea Lion Training (Excluding Wednesdays), Sea Lion Pool
  • 11 a.m.: Shark Feeding (Wednesdays and Saturdays), Scott Aquarium
  • 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.: Animal Discoveries, Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom Pavilion
  • 11:30 a.m.:  Meet a Reptile Keeper (Saturday - Sunday)
  • 1:30 p.m.: Orangutan Enrichment (Memorial Day - Labor Day), Hubbard Orangutan Forest
  • 2 p.m.: Elephant Training (Memorial Day - Labor Day), Elephant Amphitheater - African Grasslands
  • 2:30 p.m.: Sea Lion Training (Excluding Wednesdays), Sea Lion Pool
  • 3 p.m.: Antarctic Penguin Feeding, Scott Aquarium
  • 3 p.m.: Lion Training (Memorial Day - Labor Day) Lion Viewing - African Grasslands

All animal encounters are weather and staff-dependent.