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For the second consecutive year, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo has clinched the top spot in USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards, solidifying its status as the premier destination for wildlife enthusiasts nationwide. This prestigious accolade not only reaffirms the zoo’s commitment to excellence but also celebrates its relentless dedication to providing unforgettable experiences for visitors of all ages.

Henry Doorly Zoo’s latest triumph comes as no surprise to those familiar with its unparalleled offerings. Boasting a diverse array of exhibits and attractions, the zoo continues to captivate audiences with its innovative approach to animal conservation and education.

One of the crown jewels of the zoo, the Desert Dome, has once again been recognized as the Best Zoo Exhibit. Nestled within this remarkable structure, guests are transported to an arid oasis where they can marvel at a stunning assortment of flora and fauna, including peccaries, quail, death adders, rattlesnakes, and the formidable inland taipans—the world’s most venomous land snake. This immersive experience, housed within the world’s largest indoor desert, showcases the zoo’s unwavering commitment to providing an authentic and educational environment for its inhabitants.

Additionally, Henry Doorly Zoo has been named the Best Safari Park—an honor that underscores its commitment to conservation and animal welfare. Through continued investments and strategic initiatives, the zoo has established itself as a leader in habitat preservation and wildlife protection. The Scott African Grasslands exhibit stands as a testament to this dedication, offering 28 acres of meticulously crafted habitats and exhibit spaces for iconic species such as meerkats, giraffes, elephants, lions, cheetahs, and sable antelopes. This expansive sanctuary not only serves as a haven for its residents but also provides visitors with a glimpse into the awe-inspiring beauty of the African savannah.

At the heart of the Midwest, Henry Doorly Zoo stands as a beacon of excellence in the realm of zoological institutions. Its unwavering commitment to conservation, education, and innovation has earned it the admiration of wildlife enthusiasts around the globe. As the recipient of USA Today’s coveted Best Zoo in the Nation title, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo continues to inspire and delight visitors, offering an unparalleled glimpse into the wonders of the natural world.


Bryce Harvey

Bryce Harvey is Owner and lead creative at Avid Media. Bryce advises businesses, and brands on digital content strategies, marketing materials and website design.