A Legacy of Conservation
Aug 20

A Legacy of Conservation

Nancy Armitage was once visiting Thailand when a local grifter threw a python around her neck and demanded money to remove it. Nancy, an avid ophiophilist (she had her own snake named Floyd at home, and used to catch venomous snakes for fun), intuited that the snake was relaxed and posed no threat, so she calmly demurred and walked away, leaving the stunned scammer to run after her to get his snake back.

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Dream Night 2018
Aug 20

Dream Night 2018

This year, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s annual Dream Night was held on June 8, 2018 and hosted a record-setting 850 people.

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Baby Silas is Here, Hip-Hippo Hooray
Aug 20

Baby Silas is Here, Hip-Hippo Hooray

Our newest pygmy hippo, Silas, was born during the spring and can now be seen in the Lied Jungle, under the watchful eye of his mother Chomel.

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The Road to Two Million Trees in Madagascar
Aug 20

The Road to Two Million Trees in Madagascar

By early August, the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership (MBP), which was founded by Dr. Edward E. Louis Jr., Director of the Conservation Genetics Department at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, had planted one tree in Madagascar for each of Nebraska’s 1.92 million residents. By the end of August, the number of trees planted will have reached two million.

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Saving the Wyoming Toad
Jul 19

Saving the Wyoming Toad

“They were just little brown toads no one cared about… until we realized they were almost all gone,” says Jessi Krebs, curator of reptiles and amphibians at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

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On Doc’s Latest Safari, Cats and Dogs Reigned
Jul 19

On Doc’s Latest Safari, Cats and Dogs Reigned

Dr. Lee G. Simmons (Doc) has been leading safaris for groups from Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium for 35 years, so he generally has a good idea of what animals they can expect to see.

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Red Panda Pride
Jun 23

Red Panda Pride

One of the first things visitors learn when they visit the red pandas in the new Asian Highlands exhibit at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is that the animals aren’t pandas – or even bears – at all.

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Seahorse Dads Do It All
Jun 23

Seahorse Dads Do It All

Syngnathidae is the family of fish that includes seahorses (as well as leafy seadragons and pipefish). The name is derived from the Greek, meaning “fused jaw” – but their jaw is sooooo not the most interesting thing about them.

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Hawaiian Fern Rescue Mission
May 22

Hawaiian Fern Rescue Mission

Marg From, director of plant conservation at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, has partnered with the state of Hawaii and 13 other organizations and government agencies to save a species of Hawaiian fern that is found only on the island of Maui.

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The Omaha Zoo Foundation Board Welcomes Mike McCarthy
May 22

The Omaha Zoo Foundation Board Welcomes Mike McCarthy

Michael R. McCarthy, co-founder and chairman of the McCarthy Group, LLC, recently joined the Omaha Zoo Foundation board of directors.

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Welcoming Jayme Matis
May 22

Welcoming Jayme Matis

We are excited to announce that Jayme Matis has joined the Omaha Zoo Foundation team as patron relations specialist.

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Member Days
May 22

Member Days

Every year at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, we celebrate our members and Omaha Zoo Foundation patrons with two Member Days that are packed with fun and interactive activities for all ages. This summer, Member Days are July 25 and August 1, but in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Wildlife Safari Park, we’ve added a special Member Weekend at the park on June 9-10.

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