If your ever passing through the friendly State of Nebraska and the city of Omaha, it is a must to visit Omaha’s Zoo & Aquarium before leaving state lines. Located at 3701 S. 10th Street, Omaha, NE 68107, this zoo holds 13 spectacular exhibits to help the public see and learn about the different animal kingdoms and covers over 130 acres of land. Omaha Zoo and Aquarium do their best to keep up with the times and are always renovating to improve conditions for both animals and people. The zoo’s “Master Plan” still has 6 new exhibits on their criteria to complete including exhibits such as Asian Highlands and Coastal Shores. The zoo has even made an official Pokémon Go page to their site to encourage zoo visitors.
Lets chat about Omaha Zoo’s top exhibits available to the public:
Berniece Grewcock Butterfly and Insect Pavilion
The Butterfly and Insect Pavilion is one the zoo’s most reputable exhibits. This total immersion exhibit features over 30 species of free flying butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds year around in an enclosed, butterfly shaped conservatory. These butterflies arrive from all over the world in their chrysalis state and are open to observe in the public for education purposes. Separated, the insect pavilion holds other insects varying from ants to walking sticks. Remember that is also part of the total immersion exhibit so if your afraid of spiders, beware.
Kingdoms of the Night
Kingdoms of the Night boasts to be the worlds largest nocturnal exhibit.This exhibit is also home to the worlds largest indoor swamp. The zoo has the day/ night cycles of the exhibit reversed so you can witness the night life of animals such as alligators, bats, and fossa in their hight of activity. Walking through the dry caves to see the bats may be exciting but you may end up with a little surprise on the bottom of your shoe, or worse the top of your head.
Located next to the Butterfly and Insect pavilion is the Aviary where over 500 species of birds free flying and await you to discover them. Thats actually a lot of birds for a only four acre exhibit but it does raise an excellent 75 feet high. Amongst the wild birds you may find a few native birds or even squirrels that have snuck into this sanctuary but what you really must look for are the rare tufted deer that roam the conservatory.
Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium
Finally we come to the aquarium where you can explore the underwater world of four different types of underwater kingdoms: The Amazon river, temperate oceans, polar regions, and coral reefs. In the same tanks you can witness a sea turtle swimming by while hungry shark circle overhead in their 70ft shark tunnel but if thats too scary for you, theres always the playful penguin exhibit where there is always at least 20 tons of man made snow!
These of course are only 4 of the current 13 exhibits that Omaha Zoo & Aquarium have to offer and this zoo is defiantly large enough to need more then one day to explore all of its potential. The coming years also hint at more days and memories need to be invested in the zoo but for all the good reasons. If you haven’t been to this zoo and you live in Omaha, well you need to rethink your life choices.