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Raise Wild

Support the African Grasslands Project



The Next Big Thing for Omaha 

The African Grasslands Project marks an important leap forward in Omaha Zoo's efforts to engage the widest possible audience and to raise awareness of conservation challenges here and around the world.

Project Summary

Phase I of the African Grasslands Project will provide more than 28 acres of exhibit space for elephants, rhinos, cheetahs, zebra and other animals native to Africa.

As visitors approach the exhibit, they will enjoy breathtaking panoramic views and long vistas of grasslands teeming with African wildlife never seen before at Omaha's Zoo.  Featuring mixed-species habitats, wading pools, interactive demonstration areas, the changing habitats will enrich the daily lives of the animals.

The elephant barn will measure more than half an acre and the herd room will be the largest in North America.


Year-round viewing for elephants will be a first at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium. There will be an extensive program for elephant enrichment to stimulate activity around the clock. 

Phase II will showcase the top predators of Africa and their prey and allow lions to broadcast their roars over the valley below. The 8 acre elevated site will overlook the existing lagoon valley and give visitors a panoramic view of elephants, giraffe and the iconic Desert Dome.

Two prides of lions will sit atop the hill on tall, rocky outcroppings with a pack of African wild dogs and antelope nearby. As visitors ride Skyfari, they will be looking up at the lions as they glide closer to the ground just outside the exhibit. And for a true safari experience, an overnight Safari Camp will create an immersive nocturnal experience for school groups and families alike.



Support Raise Wild


As of April 25, 2014 we have achieved $42 million in gifts and pledges towards the $70 million campaign goal. We are grateful for the individuals  and foundations whose support has provided the early momentum to help reach 60% of our goal.


We invite you to join us in this endeavour by making a gift in support of the Raise Wild Campaign. Donations can be made online, in-person or over the phone. Naming opportunties are available and commitments can be paid over multiple years.


For more information regarding campaign gifts, please contact us at (402) 738-2073.


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