About the Omaha Zoo Foundation

Created in 1982 by renowned Zoo Chairman, patron and philanthropist Walter Scott, Jr., the Omaha Zoo Foundation was one of the first organizations of its kind. The Foundation was originally charged with building a robust membership of contributing, engaged Zoo patrons. But since then, this mission has grown to encompass all aspects of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

Today, the Omaha Zoo Foundation works to help grow an environment where wonder can live and education can thrive. We seek your support to continue creating world-class exhibits that delight people of all ages; protecting and preserving an increasingly fragile natural world and the wildlife that calls it home; and educating future generations of wildlife supporters and conservationists.

The Omaha Zoo Foundation is listed as a public charity and 501(c)(3) organization. Tax ID# 36-3297716

Meet Our Team

Tina L. Cherica
Vice President of Development
Donor Relations Manager
Patron Program Manager
Database Analyst
Development Assistant

Board of Directors

Foundation Board Chair

Mogens Bay

Vice Chair

Calvin Sisson


Mike McCarthy
Howard Hawks