NewsOmaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium


Helping out the zoo

KMTV and Scripps Howard Foundation make donation
Posted at 9:40 AM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-01 11:10:05-04

OMAHA, NE — The Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is reopening after being closed for more than 2 months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Because of that closure, the zoo is suffering financially.

To help out, KMTV and the Scripps Howard Foundation made a $5000 donation to the zoo's emergency support fund.
The fund helps pay for everything from food and care for the animals to repairs and salaries for employees.

The Scripps Howard Foundation provides funds to stations owned by Scripps to contribute to worthwhile causes in their communities.

KMTV Vice President and General Manager Larry Forsgren presented the check to zoo President and CEO Dennis Pate.

Pate said the emergency fund is critical right now because of the zoo's current financial situation.

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

If you would like to help out and contribute to the emergency fund click here.