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Family Vacations in Nebraska

Family Vacations in Nebraska: Henry Doorly Zoo

The Desert Dome is one of many simulated habitats for the animal residents of Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo.

Workers at Omaha's award-winning zoo like to say the animals roam free and its visitors are captive. This claim is partially true. In Hubbard Gorilla Valley, a 520-foot-long window-lined tunnel allows visitors to travel into the middle of the three-acre gorilla habitat to observe these majestic creatures. The zoo's orangutans can study their visitors from two 65-foot-high banyan trees -- they even have a view of downtown Omaha. In turn, visitors can view the orangutans from a 70-foot-high platform that is accessible by elevator.

As you traverse an elevated treetop walkway through the award-winning Lied Jungle exhibit, you'll pass lush vegetation and fascinating animals native to the misty jungles of three continents. The authentically re-created habitat features waterfalls, cliffs, caves, medicinal plants, and giant trees. Approximately 90 animal species from forest floor to highest canopy reside in the exhibit.


Kingdoms of the Night, the world's largest exhibit of nocturnal animals and their habitats, is located beneath the Desert Dome. Desert ranchers know all about the local vegetation and wildlife. Learn more about these modern-day dude ranchers on the next page.

Henry Doorly Zoo Information

Address: 3701 S. 10th St

Omaha, NE

Telephone: 402/733-8400

Hours of Operation: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., daily

Admission: $10.75 adults; $7 kids

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