May 18

Omaha Gives to the Zoo

“Omaha Gives! is such a unique and fun way for people and businesses to come together to support our city’s nonprofits,” says Tina Cherica, executive director of the Omaha Zoo Foundation, of the citywide 24-hour event.

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Apr 28

Introducing Omma and Friends

"She thinks she’s all that and a can of tuna,” says Ellen Wright of one of the young, female elephants that have recently arrived at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. When Wright, a longtime patron of the Omaha Zoo Foundation and zoo volunteer, was given the opportunity to sponsor and name an elephant through the capital campaign for the African Grasslands project, she immediately went online to find a suitable moniker. “It needed to be short for training purposes, and I wanted it to be African."

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Apr 28

Prairie Dogs Setting Off For Greener Pastures

For as long as anyone can remember, prairie dogs have been a free-roaming natural attraction at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, but soon they will have a new home at the Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari.

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Apr 25

A Photo Archive Worth Billions of Words

Most Omaha families have dozens, if not hundreds, of videos and photos from Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Now, multiply that number by a few thousand and you’ll begin to understand how much media the zoo has archived over the years.

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Mar 10

Frog Rescue 411

While this weekend marks the beginning of Daylight Saving Time, did you know it’s also “frog saving time”? Well, not exactly, but Saturday, March 12 is Reptile and Amphibian Day, so we thought it was the perfect opportunity to update you on our partnership with HARCC (Honduras Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Center) to save three species of frogs.

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Feb 08

The Romance of Africa

One has only to look at the epic Hollywood love stories set in Africa -- Casablanca, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, Out of Africa, The English Patient, to name just a few -- to understand that there is something about the continent that captures the heart and won’t let it go. In fact, you may have seen that even Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard got in on the cinematic action with their viral video homage to Toto’s eponymous ‘80s anthem.

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Jan 29

Getting Ready for This Jelly

Visitors to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium are often mesmerized by our beautiful jellyfish on display, but what many don’t realize is that jellies are one of the world’s most mysterious creatures. By unlocking their secrets, we may be able to further the conversation about aquatic conservation.

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Dec 21

The Zoo Staff Gives

Did you ever wonder what it’s like to work at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium? Well, besides having the good fortune to work with people at the top of their profession who are passionate about conservation -- in a community where businesses and individuals are completely and whole-heartedly supportive of our mission -- at one of the consistently-rated best zoos in the world, Omaha Zoo employees are insiders at a place that most of our friends and family members love as much as we do.

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Dec 01

Two Ways to See Africa in 2016

Anyone who has been on safari knows that it’s one of life’s most unforgettable journeys. And those of us who have been fortunate to accompany Dr. Lee G. Simmons (“Doc”) and his wife, Marie, on a safari sponsored by Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium have truly experienced Africa at its most memorable, its most magical and its most intimate.

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Dec 01

A Worthy Investment

When Kama Pfister was a child, a trip to the Omaha zoo was an annual event. “We didn’t live in Omaha, but we lived in Nebraska and so we got to go once a year,” she says. But for her two children, ages 12 and 10, like so many kids living in the metro, regular visits to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium are a perk of growing up here.

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Nov 24

This Holiday Season, Remember the Turtles (and others)

This past summer, 12-year-old Omahan Frances Gray had the idea to do a lemonade stand. She put up a few signs around the neighborhood and told some friends about it, then set up shop for the day, charging 50 cents for a cup of lemonade and a little bit more for cookies and cupcakes.

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Oct 30

Fruitarians of the Night

If you’ve been to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium for Spooktacular, you may have noticed some increased air activity in the Lied Jungle. That’s because the exhibit’s bat population, which roosts during the day when most visitors are at the zoo, comes alive in the evening, making the bats a star attraction of our Halloween festivities.

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