NewsOmaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium


Zoo reopens, in need of financial support from community members

Posted at 7:04 PM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 15:45:36-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is one of the businesses that reopened Monday.

Zoo leaders tell us they originally thought the closure would only last a few weeks, but that turned into more than two months.

It will be the same zoo, but with new rules. The capacity will be limited to 20 percent, about 3,000 people at a time. Bathrooms are limited to one family at a time.

Social distancing tiger paws will direct your path around the zoo. Masks are not required, but highly recommended.

While the zoo is reopening, it is still facing a huge financial challenge after being shut down for several weeks. The EW Scripps Company made a donation to the zoo to try to assist them during this time.

"We normally have contingency funds and other funds that take care of all those things," said Dennis Pate, President and CEO. "We don't have that anymore. We used it all to sustain ourselves over the last 11 weeks. So the emergency fund, the $5,000 Scripps donated will accumulate in that fund, and it will help be our insurance policy against unexpected things that break down".

While the donation will help, the zoo still needs your help as well. If you would like to contribute to the emergency fund visit