Jan 22

Free Flights

Starting this spring, admission to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium will have more value than ever because we’re putting a bird on it.

Membership and daily ticket costs to the zoo will now include the Birds of Flight programs at the Dick and Mary Holland Meadowlark Theater, which, in the past, required an additional ticketing fee.

“We wanted as many of our visitors as possible to be able to engage with these birds,” said the zoo’s Senior Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer Dennis Schnurbusch of the policy change.

The Birds of Flight shows are 20-25 minutes long and feature 35 highly-trained birds, ranging from guinea fowl that go out into the audience to engage with guests, to majestic scarlet macaws that soar high above the crowd and over the zoo before returning to their perch. Throughout the show, guests are encouraged to ask questions of the trainers and, at the end, there is a meet-and-greet session with the birds.

"I think that one of the really fun things about including the Meadowlark experience in our general admission is that more visitors will get to hear from our keepers," Schnurbusch says, noting that, given Nebraska's very hot summers, guests will welcome the chance to sit and rest for a few minutes while still observing and learning about animals. "It also provides us an opportunity to highlight the zoo’s conservation efforts around the globe.”

He adds, “We hope everyone who sees the program leaves with renewed energy about saving wildlife knowing that the little things they can do each day can make a big difference.”