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Re: Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Postby Coyote » Tue May 24, 2016 4:14 pm

Those plans look great!

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I saw a newer plan for Asian Highlands when I went to the zoo last Friday. It was by the prairie dog town. The animal exhibits it shows are Rhino, Sloth Bear, Takin, Komodo Dragon, Tiger, Snow Leopard, and a Red Panda/Muntjac Crane exhibit. The Komodo Dragon exhibit will be released first in 2018 while the rest of it will be released 2019. This plan will probably change later though. If you want to see the poster yourself go down the road between the aviary and expedition Madagascar and it should be straight ahead.
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Postby Brad » Tue May 24, 2016 4:27 pm

Took me a min to get my bearings on this. I know you said Prairie Dog Hill, but its going to go way up past that upper railroad track in to some previously un-used parts of the zoo!
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Postby Brad » Tue May 24, 2016 4:49 pm

From the same Herd as the Omaha Elephants.

Dallas Zoo up to 6 Swazi elephants after surprise baby boy arrives

http://www.omaha.com/living/zoo/dallas- ... 998b0.html

Chris Peters / World-Herald staff writer wrote:The saga of Swaziland's elephants has turned from heartbreak to happiness for the Dallas Zoo.

Five months after one of the elephants pledged to Dallas died in Swaziland, a Dallas elephant has given birth to an improbable baby.


Chris Peters / World-Herald staff writer wrote:Hudson said the zoos thought Mlilo, 14, might have been pregnant before the import took place, but hormone tests were inconclusive. Sorry, Omaha, but the zoos don't think any other elephants are pregnant.
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Re: Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Postby skinzfan23 » Tue May 24, 2016 9:46 pm

Awesome to see those new plans for the zoo. That is the way to do it to keep excitement levels high. Release new construction plans for another area before the largest project in zoo history is completed. I can't wait to see the zoo in 5 years. It is already spectacular and is going to keep improving and getting better. As I mentioned before, it would be nice if the city could rebuild 13th St at least from I-80 to the zoo entrance and include a landscaped median to be more inviting to the state's #1 tourist attraction.

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Postby Spatial77 » Wed May 25, 2016 11:28 am

skinzfan23 wrote:Awesome to see those new plans for the zoo. That is the way to do it to keep excitement levels high. Release new construction plans for another area before the largest project in zoo history is completed. I can't wait to see the zoo in 5 years. It is already spectacular and is going to keep improving and getting better. As I mentioned before, it would be nice if the city could rebuild 13th St at least from I-80 to the zoo entrance and include a landscaped median to be more inviting to the state's #1 tourist attraction.


Actually, they next big project was announced a few months ago and is under construction, that being the Adventure Education area including the Zoo Academy school building. I see they have also moved the Komodo Dragon exhibit from the plaza between the IMAX, Desert Dome and Wild Kingdom Pavilion to the Asian Highlands area. I never really considered an island off of Java to be "Asian Highlands", but OK... This also makes me wonder what they are planning for in the plaza where the Komodo exhibit was slated for in the Master Plan.

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Postby Spatial77 » Wed May 25, 2016 6:08 pm

For a perspective on the Asian Highlands area of the zoo i did a quick rubber sheet of the site plan photo on aerial imagery and the African Grasslands plan. The Asian Highlands photo was low resolution so it is quite pixelated, but you can get an idea where this exhibit is at compared to other features.

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Re: Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Postby MadMartin8 » Wed May 25, 2016 6:29 pm

Spatial77 wrote:For a perspective on the Asian Highlands area of the zoo i did a quick rubber sheet of the site plan photo on aerial imagery and the African Grasslands plan. The Asian Highlands photo was low resolution so it is quite pixelated, but you can get an idea where this exhibit is at compared to other features.

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I'm pretty excited for the Physical Plant exhibit.
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Postby Spatial77 » Wed May 25, 2016 6:44 pm

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Spatial77 wrote:For a perspective on the Asian Highlands area of the zoo i did a quick rubber sheet of the site plan photo on aerial imagery and the African Grasslands plan. The Asian Highlands photo was low resolution so it is quite pixelated, but you can get an idea where this exhibit is at compared to other features.

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I'm pretty excited for the Physical Plant exhibit.


Well you should be! That is where most of the plants for the zoo exhibits are grown, plus hey have an exciting collection of plumbers snakes, saw horses and awls. The Master Plan calls the area the Facilities Support Area.
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Postby Brad » Wed May 25, 2016 10:40 pm

So the Meercats, Klipspringer, and Rock Hyrax we all part of the Desert Dome when it opened. Are they getting additional exhibits or did they not work out in the Desert Dome?
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Re: Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Postby MadMartin8 » Thu May 26, 2016 7:52 am

Spatial77 wrote:
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Spatial77 wrote:For a perspective on the Asian Highlands area of the zoo i did a quick rubber sheet of the site plan photo on aerial imagery and the African Grasslands plan. The Asian Highlands photo was low resolution so it is quite pixelated, but you can get an idea where this exhibit is at compared to other features.

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I'm pretty excited for the Physical Plant exhibit.


Well you should be! That is where most of the plants for the zoo exhibits are grown, plus hey have an exciting collection of plumbers snakes, saw horses and awls. The Master Plan calls the area the Facilities Support Area.


:lol: Haha!
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Re: Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Postby Spatial77 » Thu May 26, 2016 9:45 am

Brad wrote:So the Meercats, Klipspringer, and Rock Hyrax we all part of the Desert Dome when it opened. Are they getting additional exhibits or did they not work out in the Desert Dome?


Summers in the outdoor exhibits - winters in the Desert Dome... just like folks who spend the winter in Arizona and the summers up north.
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Postby Brad » Sun May 29, 2016 11:11 am

Apparently the zoo is completely out of control! Even has its on hashtag... #ZooPocalypse2016 Traffic was backed up to 42nd Street on I80 at one point. Extra cops brought in to direct traffic.

Can't tell if it for real or not, but they might even be telling people its closed.

@MeanStreetsOMA wrote:Cop 1: "We are going to have Zoo personnel tell people its closed."
Cop 2: "If I were the Zoo I'd be hiding right now."
#ZooPocalypse2016


@MeanStreetsOMA wrote:I hate to be the bearer of bad news but the Zoo is closed guys.
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Officer 2: "Clear we will tell the other 200 cars sitting here that they cant go."
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Postby skinzfan23 » Sun May 29, 2016 11:24 am

Dang...we were going to go to the zoo today too with some friends from out of town.

Pretty sure that the attendance record will fall this year.

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Postby Omaha Cowboy » Sun May 29, 2016 11:25 am

I had a W-H notification pop up about 30 minutes ago stating traffic was completely backed up on 13th st in both directions due to overflow of Zoo patrons...

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Postby Brad » Sun May 29, 2016 11:41 am

Since my earlier post they have completely closed the 13th street exist and now want people to approach the zoo from the south.

Wonder if the locals are charging $10 to park in their lawns yet?
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Postby Brad » Sun May 29, 2016 11:57 am

Bet nobody thought of taking the bus to the Zoo...

‏@OmahaZoo wrote:It's a Zoo out there. We know! Tip: Go to @mccneb S. Transit Center to park (for free) & take the Metro. Bus rates apply. #ZooPocalypse2016


Funny seeing the zoo use the hashtag #ZooPocalypse2016...
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Postby Omaha Cowboy » Sun May 29, 2016 12:26 pm

Brad wrote:Bet nobody thought of taking the bus to the Zoo...

‏@OmahaZoo wrote:It's a Zoo out there. We know! Tip: Go to @mccneb S. Transit Center to park (for free) & take the Metro. Bus rates apply. #ZooPocalypse2016


Funny seeing the zoo use the hashtag #ZooPocalypse2016...


Very interesting indeed, lol...

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Postby skinzfan23 » Sun May 29, 2016 1:06 pm

From Alex Hoffman of KETV:
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Postby nebugeater » Sun May 29, 2016 6:25 pm

WHen I went to the B1G tourny and came down I80 and headed towards DT the Interstate was a at a stand still in all lanes back past 24th street. Needless to say I didn't take 13th street to go DT


This was probably about 10:30 or 11:00 this AM
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Postby GRANDPASMUCKER » Sun May 29, 2016 6:54 pm

You get too many folks in that zoo and people are not watching their kids close enough and something bad could happen like when this kid fell in the Gorilla cage this weekend at the Cinncinatti Zoo.

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Postby GetUrban » Sun May 29, 2016 7:24 pm

They are so lucky the kid came out of that alive. I know we can't idiot-proof everything and I don't know the exact details, but there should be no way a kid can fall into a zoo exhibit. Something was wrong with the railing design for him to be able to do so.
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skinzfan23 wrote:From Alex Hoffman of KETV:
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I had so many out-of-towners ask me when the zoo opens this weekend I should have told them to wait a week, YIKES.
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Postby thenewguy » Sun May 29, 2016 9:21 pm

Brad wrote:Since my earlier post they have completely closed the 13th street exist and now want people to approach the zoo from the south.

Wonder if the locals are charging $10 to park in their lawns yet?


Not 10 bucks, but there were people charging 5. We had to park about a mile away and walk; we got to see the african grasslands (very cool, but not everything is out yet, of course) and after waiting for a half hour in a food line, we decided to go to mcdonalds instead. It is incredible that a place so big could fill up so fast. One person said they sat in traffic for over an hour...at the zoo...before they got a spot along 13th by king kong. I have never seen it that busy before in my life.
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Postby Uffda » Mon May 30, 2016 6:25 am

More than 20,000 pack Omaha zoo on opening weekend of African Grasslands



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Postby thenewguy » Mon May 30, 2016 8:21 am

Wonder how that compares to a normal weekend and what is the most ever to visit in a weekend
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Postby skinzfan23 » Mon May 30, 2016 11:01 am

thenewguy wrote:Wonder how that compares to a normal weekend and what is the most ever to visit in a weekend

The story stated that a typical Sunday would have around 7,000 - 8,000 guests. So Sunday alone had almost 3x as many people as normal.

More than 8,000 people had passed through the front gates within the first two hours. By late afternoon the number exceeded 20,000, according to a zoo spokeswoman. A typical Sunday draws 7,000 to 8,000 total.


Also, here is the link to the story. The link above is just to the photo gallery.

http://www.omaha.com/living/zoo/more-than-pack-omaha-zoo-on-opening-weekend-of-african/article_591be511-23a0-5151-913b-001e57c2a1dc.html

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Postby skinzfan23 » Mon May 30, 2016 5:27 pm

KETV just reported that the zoo is on pace to break their all-time Memorial Day weekend attendance. From Friday-Sunday, they had over 46,000 visitors.

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Postby thenewguy » Mon May 30, 2016 9:41 pm

Thanks for the links; i overlooked that. Those are some crazy numbers....
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Postby nebugeater » Tue May 31, 2016 11:11 am

OWH reports that the Memorial Day Weekend total attendance for the zoo ( Fri - Mon) was 59,291

Beat the old record from 2005 of 50,820. This is when the Hubbard Orangutan Forest opened


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Postby skinzfan23 » Tue May 31, 2016 12:35 pm

Also from the article:
Omaha zoo CEO Dennis Pate said he thinks this year’s annual attendance can eclipse the 2 million mark for the first time. The existing record sits at 1,719,925, set in 2012.

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Postby nativeomahan » Tue May 31, 2016 2:33 pm

While here in Washington, D.C. we hit the National Zoo the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. It was also packed, with all parking lots full and closed before 10 am. The weather cooperated, and with that and the holiday the crowds were out in force. Everyone comes to see the pandas, of course. And it doesn't hurt that it costs a family of four all of $0 to tour the entire zoo.
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Postby daveoma » Tue May 31, 2016 8:57 pm

nativeomahan wrote:While here in Washington, D.C. we hit the National Zoo the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. It was also packed, with all parking lots full and closed before 10 am. The weather cooperated, and with that and the holiday the crowds were out in force. Everyone comes to see the pandas, of course. And it doesn't hurt that it costs a family of four all of $0 to tour the entire zoo.
While the National Zoo is lovely, and the best landscaped zoo I have ever seen, it is only about half the size of Omaha's zoo, at best. Like the Omaha zoo, it has impressive modernization plans for the upcoming next few years.

Good to know, thanks for sharing! It was a long time ago, but the St Louis zoo was free the last time I went as well.

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Postby Coyote » Tue May 31, 2016 9:52 pm

Where do they get their financing then? Do they have endowment programs?
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Coyote wrote:Where do they get their financing then? Do they have endowment programs?


The gov't gives them funds.

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Coyote wrote:Where do they get their financing then? Do they have endowment programs?


The gov't gives them funds.


The National Zoo is part of the Smithsonian and is supported by federal tax dollars. St. Louis Zoo is supported by a mil levy property tax as part of the museum and zoological district in the entire county of St. Louis. As I recall the zoo is free, but you have to pay to park.
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Postby ricko » Wed Jun 01, 2016 1:00 am

The National Zoo is also funded by private donations. All Smithsonian museums are free. Unless they have a panda fetish, I try to steer visiting relatives and friends from Omaha elsewhere. Omaha has a much better zoo, cheaper places for good steak, better Mexican food (not many Mexicans here---most Mexican restaurants are run by Bolivians and Salvadorans), and MUCH better dive bars.

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Postby guy4omaha » Wed Jun 01, 2016 9:00 am

Coyote wrote:Where do they get their financing then? Do they have endowment programs?


If you're referring to the St. Louis Zoo I think (pretty sure) it is funded by a St. Louis County-wide tax that funds the Zoo, Forest Park, the Missouri History Museum, the St. Louis Art Museum and probably some other like institutions in the Forest Park area.
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Postby Brad » Wed Jun 15, 2016 9:48 am

Zoo’s safari park, little changed since 1998 opening, is in line for an overhaul

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Chris Peters / World-Herald staff writer wrote:Dennis Pate, the zoo’s CEO and executive director, said he and his staff have started working on a master plan to reconfigure the Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari, which opened in 1998. The plan is due out by the end of the year.
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Postby skinzfan23 » Wed Jun 15, 2016 10:00 am

That will be exciting to see. I haven't been there since it opened and hear great things about it, but like the zoo itself, you can always make a great thing better.

From the article, it says attendance was 143,668 last year.

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Postby Greg S » Wed Jun 15, 2016 11:13 am

Good to here. We just started going to the Safari Park the last couple years and love it (added it to our zoo pass). I'm also encouraged that the zoo is returning to future exhibits open every year or two.

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