|Dr. Lee G. Simmons Legacy Fund|
In order to provide a lasting tribute to Dr. Lee Simmons, or “Doc” as he is affectionately called, the Omaha Zoo Foundation has established the Dr. Lee G. Simmons Legacy Fund in his honor. The Legacy Fund honors the commitment and extraordinary effort Dr. Simmons has given to build a world-class zoo, elevate conservation awareness and launch new research programs over his 40 years of leadership.
A native of Tucson, AZ, Dr. Simmons did his pre-veterinary studies at Central State College in Edmond, Oklahoma and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Oklahoma State University in 1963. Immediately following graduation, he joined the Columbus Municipal Zoo in Ohio as mammals curator, veterinarian and assistant superintendent. In 1966, he took a position with the Henry Doorly Zoo as resident veterinarian where he quickly ascended to Director in 1970.
Under his tutelage, the Zoo has achieved unprecedented growth. Within the last 20 years alone, Omaha's Zoo has added major state-of-the-art exhibits such as the Lied Jungle, the Walter and Suzanne Scott Kingdoms of the Seas Aquarium, Bill and Berniece Grewcock Center for Conservation and Research, Desert Dome and nocturnal exhibit, Hubbard Gorilla Valley and others. More than $150 million in development has benefited the community through attracting more than 1.3 million visitors annually with an economic impact of over $100 million per year.
We invite you to express your community pride and your care for the future of Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo through a gift to the Dr. Lee G. Simmons Legacy Fund. For more information, please contact the Foundation Office at (402) 738-2073 or click here to find out how you can benefit from a planned gift to support Omaha’s Zoo.