It finally cooled down so we headed to the Henry Doorly Zoo along with half of Omaha. It was quite crowded! We spent the entire day at the zoo from 10-5! We started by seeing the outdoor animals. There actually aren't that many outdoor exhibits. The thing that Brian and I find most impressive about this zoo is how natural the exhibits seem to be. That's why most of the animals are indoors-because you make make exhibits more natural indoors. We also were impressed buy how they would put different species in the same exhibit which is how they would be found in the wild.
Noah got hold of the zoo map (mistake!) and he found a picture of a jellyfish which he thought was an octopus and he was determined that he wanted to see the octopus and he didn't want to look at any other animal until he saw the octopus (we didn't want to go in the houses until later in the day when it was hotter). He was quite cranky until we ate lunch (I think N2 were finally feeling the week of not having as much sleep as they were accustomed to and I think he was feeling the heat). The funny part was that Noah said the favorite part of the zoo was the zebras which he did NOT want to look at. He also dropped his hat over the fence of the zebra exhibit. Luckily there was a concrete ledge and some nice taller man reached over and hooked his sunglasses into the hat and got it out.
Natalie said her favorite animal was the Bongo which was a brand new animal for us!
Noah was transfixed with the crabs. But then he told me later that he didn't like the crabs because they were mean. These crabs were HUGE!
The Leid Jungle was a favorite with N2 because it was like walking in the tops of the trees. There was also a path down on the jungle floor where you could see other animals that you saw from afar on the top path. They have native jungle plants in this exhibit as well. There were several babies-monkeys and gibbons.
Lastly, we went into their butterfly exhibit. We have never been in a butterfly exhibit before and I was curious what N2 would think. The butterflies flew very close to Noah and he didn't like that so he and Brian left. Natalie and I stayed a little longer. Butterflies did not land on us. Natalie's favorite was the blue butterflies. I really like ones that had red on them but they never landed for me to take a picture of.
And here is our obligatory zoo picture of N2 sticking their heads through something. I think this is the only one I saw.
If I was you and I was driving through Omaha, I would stop at the Henry Doorly zoo as it the best zoo I have been to yet!