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Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo

In keeping with its tradition of growth and continual enhancement, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo brings another part of the world to its world-renowned complex. The zoo, last May, debuted Expedition Madagascar, a local passport to an island considered one of the top hotspots for biodiversity.

“This zoo has always stood out from the rest because of its spectacular exhibits; Expedition Madagascar continues that tradition,“ said Dennis Pate, director and CEO of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo.

Another grand addition to the zoo’s sprawling landscape, Expedition Madagascar, is 300 feet long, anchored by a 17,000-square-foot main building. Fifteen indoor exhibits feature an array of the island’s unique and rare species, including fish, reptiles, small mammals and lemurs—at least 75 percent of known animal species from the island of Madagascar are not found anywhere else in the world. The final indoor exhibit, a greenhouse, highlights Madagascar’s unique plant species. Outside, visitors can take in four more exhibits: a 1,050-square-foot fossa (a slender-bodied catlike creature related to the mongoose) exhibit; a 1,750-square-foot island containing ring-tailed lemurs and manmade Baobab trees; a 1,600-square-foot net-covered exhibit featuring Coquerel’s sifaka (a type of lemur); and a 6,700-square-foot exhibit that allows visitors to photograph animals without a net or glass obstruction.

“Expedition Madagascar brings the largest collection of Malagasy animals in the U.S. to Omaha as part of our permanent collections. This presents an exciting opportunity for Nebraskans to learn about animals found nowhere else in the world,“ explained Pate.

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo is one of the top five zoos in North America and Nebraska’s number one paid attendance attraction.

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