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Join Us at the Howl-O-Ween Safari at Wildlife Safari Park

Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park is kicking off the Halloween season with Howl-O-Ween Safari from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, and Saturday, Oct. 15. Join us around the campfire for dinner, a marshmallow roast, a ride on a straw-filled hayrack ride, and to play Halloween-themed games in the great outdoors at Wildlife Safari Park after-hours. This event also includes your very own treat bag and don’t forget to wear your Halloween costume! This Halloween event is suitable for... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Friday, Sep 23, 2022

Join Us for Membership Appreciation Day at Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park

The Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park invites all members to celebrate Membership Appreciation Day this Saturday, August 13.  In conjunction with the Pollinator Party, which celebrates pollinators like bees, butterflies, and bats that are an important part of our ecosystem, additional events are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to celebrate the Park’s members. There will be family activities in the Darrald Harsh Wildlife Education Center at the Pawnee Creek Trailhead and Visitor... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Friday, Aug 12, 2022

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Announces New President and CEO

Omaha’s Zoo & Aquarium announces Luis Padilla, DVM Dipl. ACZM, as its next President and CEO. Dr. Padilla will succeed Dennis Pate after his retirement in late 2022. Dr. Padilla is currently the Vice President of Animal Collections for the Saint Louis Zoo, where he is responsible for the overall oversight of the Saint Louis Zoo’s Animal Division, including the animal collection, facilities and the animal care teams. He also serves as an accreditation commissioner for the... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Thursday, Aug 11, 2022

Lee G. Simmons Aviary at Zoo and Bird Exhibits at Wildlife Safari Park Reopen

The Lee G. Simmons Aviary at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is now open to guests after being closed since March 3, 2022, due to concerns regarding the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) virus. The birds who live at the Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park have also returned to their outside habitats. “The Avian Influenza virus has affected birds all over the country, including millions of chickens in Nebraska and Iowa alone. It was incredibly important that... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Friday, Jun 24, 2022

Wildlife Safari Park and Asian Highlands at Omaha’s Zoo and Aquarium Both Take First Place Spots in 2022 USA TODAY 10Best

USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards has selected Asian Highlands at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium as the Best Zoo Exhibit in North America in 2022 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards. The Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park has also been named the Best Safari Park in North America by USA TODAY readers. Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium moved up on the list and was named the second Best Zoo in the country, while the Lied... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Friday, Jun 3, 2022

Vote for Omaha's Zoo, Asian Highlands, Lied Jungle and Wildlife Safari Park in 10Best Readers' Choice

USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards has selected Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium as a contender for “Best Zoo” and Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park for “Best Safari Park” in America. Asian Highlands and the Lied Jungle at the Zoo have also been nominated as “Best Zoo Exhibit” in the country. Supporters are being asked to cast their votes online to determine the winners.  The public has until... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Tuesday, Apr 26, 2022

Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park Opens Friday, March 25, for the 2022 Season

The Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park in Ashland, Nebraska, will open for the season on Friday, March 25, and will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October. Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park offers four miles of drive-through North American wildlife viewing from the comfort of your own vehicle. Visitors will see a variety of animals in their natural habitats, including more than 60 American elk spread across the 50-acre Elk Meadow, White-tailed deer, Prairie dogs,... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Wednesday, Mar 23, 2022

Omaha Zoo Foundation Granted AmeriCorps VISTA Member Position for Volunteer & STEM at Wildlife Safari Park

This month, the Omaha Zoo Foundation was granted an AmeriCorps VISTA grant to provide an AmeriCorps VISTA member to begin service to strengthen and diversify the volunteer program at the Wildlife Safari Park by recruiting, training, and overseeing both youth and adult volunteers. The AmeriCorps VISTA grant was awarded by the ServeNebraska Volunteer Service Commission in partnership with the AmeriCorps Federal Agency. The grant supports AmeriCorps VISTA members as they build capacity for... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Wednesday, Jan 12, 2022

Omaha’s Zoo and Aquarium Announces Black Friday Membership Deal

Omaha’s Zoo and Aquarium will offer a Black Friday membership sale beginning at 12 p.m. CST on Wednesday, Nov. 24 and ending at 11:50 p.m. CST on Tuesday, Nov. 30. Shoppers receive more than 20% off when they purchase or renew a Zoo Household or Grandparent Membership in combination with a Lee. G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park Membership - a $230 value for the cost of $180 (discount offer valid for Zoo and Wildlife Safari Park combination memberships only). A renewal now adds 12 more... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Wednesday, Nov 17, 2021

Puma Cub Finds New Home With Help of Three Nebraska Organizations

A male Puma cub now calls Riverside Discovery Center home. The male Puma cub was first found by Nebraska Game & Parks abandoned in Northeast Nebraska. Trail cameras showed that the cub was underweight and had been without a mother for an extended period of time. The cub was initially taken to Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park in Ashland, Nebraska. Veterinary staff from Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium examined the cub and Wildlife Safari Park staff cared for him while in... Read More
Posted by Diane Kohout at Wednesday, Nov 3, 2021