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Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

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Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s central goal is to educate, inspire and engage individuals to serve as lifelong stewards for creatures, their living spaces, and their preservation.


The rich history of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium dates back to 1894 when the Riverview Park was founded by the City of Omaha. In 1952, the Omaha Zoological Society was organized to provide administrative help to the City and to improve the Zoo. After which, a lot of complexes where constructed and opened for the public.

Visitor Experiences

The Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium opens in the morning and conducts amazing activities throughout the days for its visitors. Here is the complete list of programs and activities that you might see there!

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10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Touch Tank Open

10 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. African Animal Discovery

10:30 a.m. Antarctic Penguin Feeding

10:30 a.m. Elephant Enrichment (Memorial Day-Labor Day)

11 a.m.  Sea Lion Training (except Wednesdays)

11 a.m. Shark Feeding (Wednesday and Saturday)

11:30 a.m. Meet a Reptile Keeper (Saturday – Sunday)

11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Animal Discoveries

1:30 p.m. Orangutan Enrichment (Memorial Day-Labor Day)

1:30 p.m. Elephant Training (Memorial Day-Labor Day)

2:30 p.m. Sea Lion Training (Excluding Wednesdays)

3 p.m. Antarctic Penguin Feeding

3 p.m. Lion Training (Memorial Day-Labor Day)

Henry Doorly Zoo Attractions

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium offers substitute approaches to see the Zoo. Move on board the Omaha’s Zoo Railroad and take a ride on the steam train or get another perspective on the Zoo from above on Skyfari, a ski-lift style ride. Get back in time with an adventurous ride on Sue’s Wildlife Carousel. It is an American convention structured in genuine turn-of-the-century detail or kick back and explore the Zoo on the tram.

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Working of all rides depends on the weather. No rides will operate in case of rain, snow, ice or if the temperature does not reach 50 degrees by 1 p.m. Children below the age of 12 are not allowed to ride on Skysafaru without an adult. Also, one must be 42 inches tall to ride Sue’s Wildlife Carouse without adult supervision.

  1. Lozier Theater
  2. Sue’s Wildlife Carousel
  3. Train
  4. Tram
  5. Skysafari
  6. Stingray Beach


With thousands of animals from around the globe, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo has 160 acres of exhibits and gardens including seven acres of wonderful indoor exhibits, the Zoo is an ideal spot to get away.

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  1. Asian Highlands
  2. African Grasslands
  3. Bay Family Children’s Adventure Trails
  4. Dick and Mary Holland Meadowlark Theater
  5. Desert Dome
  6. Kingdoms of the Night
  7. Lied Jungle
  8. Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium
  9. Berniece Grewcock Butterfly and Insect Pavilion
  10. Expedition Madagascar
  11. Hubbard Gorilla Valley
  12. Hubbard Orangutan Forest
  13. Owen Sea Lion Pavilion
  14. Other Exhibits


Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is a perfect place for people in all walks of life. Along with the unending entertainment it educates you with a variety of things relating to animals, their habitat and environment. It’s the perfect combination of learning and fun.

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