Feb 03

A Greener Zoo For All

As you probably heard, in 2016, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium surpassed two million visitors for the year. We are thrilled that so many people come every year to enjoy our zoo and educate themselves about conservation. Of course, having that many visitors does pose its own unique environmental challenges.

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Jan 24

Congratulations, Jay Pratte: Advancing Bear Care Conference

Welcome to our new blog series highlighting the recipients of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Director’s Award, which honors exceptional talent, leadership and performance. This year, eight individuals received the award, based on projects they completed in 2016 that were broad in scope, complex and had a notable positive impact on zoo operations and/or the guest experience; or showed significant costs savings or added tangible value to a process or park operation or animal husbandry in general.

Today, we’ll hear from Jay Pratte, behavioral husbandry and welfare manager, who was recognized for overseeing the Advancing Bear Care 2016 conference, which was held at the zoo October 6-9, 2016.

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Jan 03

Become a Part of a Legacy

In honor of Doc’s 50th anniversary at the Zoo, we wanted to do something that commemorates all of the things that set him apart (besides his signature bottomless cup of coffee). The perfect tribute is the Dr. Lee G. Simmons Legacy Fund.

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Dec 16

A Tradition of Giving

If the best gifts are those that have just a little bit of the giver reflected within them, then Mike Faust deserves a spot in the gift-giving hall of fame.

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Dec 01

Hope for the Frogs

Thanks to the generous support of our patrons and donors from the business community, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has been honored to participate in an international partnership called HARCC (Honduras Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Center) that has been working to reduce the loss of biodiversity in Honduras.

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Oct 20

A New Way To Be Part of the Zoo Family

For the past 25 years, families, organizations and individuals have supported Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium through our Adopt-an-Animal program. Their generous sponsorship has been invaluable to the zoo’s mission of animal care, conservation and education.

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Oct 13

Celebrating Dr. Simmons' 50 Years of Service

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium will kick off the "50 Days of Doc" on October 13 in celebration of long-time former Zoo director and current Omaha Zoo Foundation chairman Dr. "Doc" Lee G. Simmons’ 50th anniversary.

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Sep 23

A New Era of Learning and Interacting at the Zoo

Most of us who grew up going to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium have fond memories of engaging with the animals in the Red Barn. Over the years, as the zoo expanded, so did the opportunities visitors had to get up close and personal with its residents.

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Sep 23

Putting Education Front and Center

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is fortunate to have many jewels in its crown. But one of the things that sets us apart from other zoos and makes us a global leader in conservation and education has always taken place a little behind the scenes.

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Aug 05

Making Omaha a Leader in STEM Education

STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning is a hot button in modern education, and for good reason: Projections indicate a need for several million new college graduates with degrees in the STEM disciplines by 2018, and so far it looks the U.S. will have a shortfall.

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Jul 27

An Elephant Plaque Never Forgets

Dorothea Brady, who has been a longtime patron of the Omaha Zoo Foundation, had never had her name displayed near an exhibit before. That all changed, though, when the elephants came.

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Jul 26

Thyme To Shop For The Zoo

On Tuesday, August 16, from 4-7 p.m., Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market will be hosting a Cultivate the Community event to support the Omaha Zoo Foundation. Any shopper who spends more than $75 at either the Omaha or Lincoln store during that time will receive two complimentary tickets to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

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