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Henry Doorly Zoo observes Endangered Species Day

Photo courtesy: Henry Doorly Zoo

Learn about endangered species at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium on Endangered Species Day taking place Friday.

Endangered Species Day is a unique opportunity for guests to learn about the Zoo’s commitment to protecting wildlife and how their everyday actions can impact the world’s most endangered wildlife, fish and plants.

This special event takes place every year nationwide on the third Friday in May.

Guests will be able to download a list from the Zoo website and app to use for a scavenger hunt of endangered animals located throughout exhibits.

There will be educational tables inside the Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom Pavilion where guests can learn the importance of recycling, ivory trade awareness, wild animals as pets, and palm oil. Gate gifts, provided by Oriental Trading Company, will be available while supplies last.

Prior to Endangered Species Day, the zoological community launched a 30-day Kickstarter campaign to raise $150,000 for endangered African penguins.

The funds raised will be used to build 1,500 artificial nests, which will then be installed in penguin colonies in South Africa and Namibia, as well as some zoos and aquariums.

African penguins use their nitrogen-rich guano to build their nests. However, their guano is being over-harvested and sold to farmers as fertilizer, leaving the animals homeless.

Predation and habitat loss have similarly affected the species, lessening the wild population from one-million breeding pairs 100 years ago to only 25,000 to date.

The public can learn more about the project on the Zoo’s website, OmahaZoo.com, or on social media using the hashtag #InvestInTheNest through June 16, the last day of the campaign.

Learn about endangered species at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium on Endangered Species Day taking place Friday, May 19.

Endangered Species Day is a unique opportunity for guests to learn about the Zoo’s commitment to protecting wildlife and how their everyday actions can impact the world’s most endangered wildlife, fish and plants.

This special event takes place every year nationwide on the third Friday in May.

Guests will be able to download a list from the Zoo website and app to use for a scavenger hunt of endangered animals located throughout exhibits.

There will be educational tables inside the Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom Pavilion where guests can learn the importance of recycling, ivory trade awareness, wild animals as pets, and palm oil. Gate gifts, provided by Oriental Trading Company, will be available while supplies last.

Prior to Endangered Species Day, the zoological community launched a 30-day Kickstarter campaign to raise $150,000 for endangered African penguins.

The funds raised will be used to build 1,500 artificial nests, which will then be installed in penguin colonies in South Africa and Namibia, as well as some zoos and aquariums.

African penguins use their nitrogen-rich guano to build their nests.

However, their guano is being over-harvested and sold to farmers as fertilizer, leaving the animals homeless.

Predation and habitat loss have similarly affected the species, lessening the wild population from one-million breeding pairs 100 years ago to only 25,000 to date.

The public can learn more about the project on the Zoo’s website, OmahaZoo.com, or on social media using the hashtag #InvestInTheNest through Friday, June 16, the last day of the campaign.

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