Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo is the finest zoo of the 40 or so that I have visited in the US and Canada. It was a good zoo when I was last there in 1999 but with the addition of large new exhibits, it is even more impressive.
3 & 1/2 hours is only enough time to visit some of the zoo's highlights: The Gorilla Valley is a two acre space in which the Gorillas and park visitors interact. The enormous Scott Aquarium includes a glass tunnel where you can walk through an 850,000 gallon coral reef tank. The Lied Jungle is the world's largest indoor tropical rainforest. The Desert Dome features a 30 ft. tall sand dune, dynamic sandfall, hummingbird canyon and a 55 ft. tall central mountain.
Three things stood out during my visit:
A polar bear floating on its back throwing a ball into the air and interacting with the children watching through the nearby glass.
The subterranean Kingdom of the Night which fills the level beneath the desert dome. I reached the dark, central hollow cavern with its bat exhibits and a spire reaching up 100 feet when there were no children around. The space is particularly effective when it is quiet.
A female baby gorilla which was born just 2 weeks before my visit. Its mother was the world's first test tube gorilla.
Jelly fish tank is in constant movement - like the world's largest lava lamp
Desert Dome is 120' tall and 250' across
16 day old female gorilla
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