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Wildlife Safari Park sets annual visitor record on Election Day

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Posted at 2:57 PM, Nov 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-05 16:00:07-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is reporting that a visitor milestone was set on Election Day for the Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park.

In 1998, when the park first opened to the public, 246,500 visitors went through it. Last Tuesday, a new yearly attendance record was set with over 400,000 visitors. The new record more than doubles last year's total attendance record the zoo says.

“All of us at the Zoo and Wildlife Safari Park are overwhelmed by the community support during this unprecedented year,” said Dennis Schnurbusch, senior vice president of operations and chief operating officer of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. “We are honored to have been a safe, outdoor experience for people during the COVID-19 crisis.”

According to the zoo's release, most areas of the park are open to the public except for "the Hands-On Corral, the Nature Play Area at the Bison Overlook, and the upper levels of the Crane Meadows Viewing Tower (the base deck is open)."

The park is open daily from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily through Sunday, Nov. 8. and also the weekends of Nov. 14 and 15, and 21 and 22, also from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Other dates may be added if weather permits.

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