Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo ranks number one in the nation

Zoe Law, Opinion and Entertainment writer

The Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium took the first-place spots in the 2023 USA TODAY 10 Best Zoo, Asian Highlands as the Best Zoo Exhibit, and Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park as the Best Safari Park. This is the very first time the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has been ranked number one by 10 Best, after ranking second place last year. The Asian Highlands has won for the four year in a row and the Wildlife Safari Park has won for the past three years.  

 The 10 Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards were announced on the 10 Best Website and on USA TODAY after voting took place between February sixth and March sixth. These awards were chosen through public voting and provide advice for 40 million travelers (about twice the population of New York) annually.  

 The article by USA Today gives a brief synopsis on all the wonderful things the Omaha Henrey Doorly Zoo has to offer. This includes the zoo having the largest indoor desert where arid plants and animals are visible year-round in the Midwest. The article also discusses the 28 acres (about half the area of The Vatican) dedicated to the plants and animals in the African Grasslands exhibit.  

One of the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo’s missions is conservation and with this ensuring the prevention of animal extinction. The Zoo hosts a variety of breeding programs and became quite popular last year with the birth of the first baby elephant born in the Midwest. This Award will bring people to the zoo and help the zoo continue their mission of conservation.  

While the Henry Doorly Zoo has been honored with this amazing award, they will not stop their mission, and plan to home more animals in the future and