We love the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium and now there is another reason!
Alaskan Adventure, a new splash park, will open in Summer 2016!
The new exhibit is Alaskan-themed, featuring dancing waters through sprays and spouts and over 75 bronze sculptures created by Nebraska’s own, Matthew Placzek. The spraying water is managed through computerized controls, systematically spraying a mix of water and air through nozzles arranged around the sculptures to simulate the water effects made by the animals as they breech, porpoise, splash, spray water from their blowholes, and emerge from or dive into the ocean.
The centerpiece of Alaskan Adventure is an 18 foot high humpback whale which will have water trailing from its extended fins. A whale’s tail is a separate sculpture and will be 16 feet wide and eight feet tall with water flowing from the edge as it appears to submerge for a deep dive. Additional bronze sculptures include: 30 jumping salmon, 25 puffins, 15 sea lions sunning on rocks, three porpoising orcas and three brown bears. Misting nozzles and native Alaskan landscape will surround this new area to truly allow Zoo guests to feel like they are in Alaska.
The Alaskan-themed splash ground is a way to incorporate animals and large species that the Zoo does not currently have, and gives kids the opportunity to learn about some of the animals that can be seen near the Alaska coastline.
Alaskan Adventure will be located near Red Barn Park and Sue’s Carousel, making this area of the Zoo a hub for kids’ activities. A family changing area will also be constructed near the new exhibit.
The Zoo will open two big exhibits in 2016, African Grasslands and Alaska Adventure!