Jul 27

Into Africa

The Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has brought the far reaches of the globe to Omaha for generations, but did you know that the zoo also brings Omahans all over the world?

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Jul 02

Overnights at the Zoo

Thanks to a partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield, students from all over Nebraska are getting a chance to experience the wilder side of Omaha nightlife

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Jul 02

The Giraffe Effect

How One Local School Boosted Literacy with the Help of a Long-Necked Friend

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Jun 24

Lions and Diamonds and Watches, Oh My

“I can’t tell you how much our staff and customers look forward to this event every two years," says Adrienne Fay, director of marketing and business sales at Borsheims. "You can't help but smile when you see an owl or bullfrog or Komodo dragon cruising around the sales floor."

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Jun 02

Mai Stars

Any regular visitor to the cat complex at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has probably noticed Mai, the three-legged tiger.

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May 28

Giving Back Two Ways

There’s no such thing as a typical day in the life of a docent

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May 04

Stand Tall in Support of the Zoo

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has a special place in so many of our hearts, but have you ever wondered what it would be like to have your own special place in the heart of the zoo?

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Apr 21

Bringing Back the Beetles

“A lot of people don’t think that a little beetle, the size of a few kernels of corn, is worth saving,” says Traci Clevenger, supervisor of the butterfly and insect pavilion at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. “But they’re an indicator species. They tell us how a habitat is doing.”

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Apr 13

Union Pacific Powers One of Zoo’s Rarest Treasures

The Omaha Zoo Railroad (OZRR) was an anniversary present that keeps on giving. As part of their centennial celebration of the Golden Spike Ceremony, Union Pacific decided to sponsor the construction of a railroad at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, which was in the midst of its transformation from the Riverview Park Zoo that same year. UP dedicated crews to build 3.5 miles of roadbed and lay the track, and the railroad opened to the public on July 22, 1968, under the supervision of a UP roadmaster. Since then, the company has been involved with maintenance and improvements to the OZRR, as well as its locomotives and cars, at every turn.

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Apr 13

Giraffe Migration

What does it take for a giraffe to stick her neck out? More than you might think. “Any little change makes them nervous,” says Jack Hetherington, hoofstock supervisor at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. “Even something small, like giving them a new water bowl, throws them off.” That’s why Hetherington and his staff have been focusing their efforts on making the giraffes’ transition to their new home in the African Grasslands exhibit easier. During the winter, the giraffes’ outdoor environment has completely changed. At times, the heavy machinery involved in the African Grasslands project construction could be heard inside their barn.

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Apr 13

Africa… and Beyond!

“My office looks out over what will be the African Lodge and it’s been fun to see everything progress,” says Dennis Pate, executive director here at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. “On the other hand, it’s frustrating when it’s rainy or cold and nothing happens.” Happily, it’s been a beautiful spring so far and everything is going according to schedule with the African Grasslands exhibit. Come Memorial Day weekend, the African Lodge will be open to zoo visitors, perched right above the elephant exhibit and wading pool (the elephants themselves arrive in the fall).

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Mar 23

A Family Invested in Their Hometown

With three growing children, including twins who have preschool tuitions, Hillary Nather-Detisch and her family are in the habit of making careful financial decisions. But when they discussed whether to trade up their family membership to the zoo for a patron membership, they didn’t have to think twice.

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