Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo is seeing a decline in customer numbers

OMAHA, Neb (KMTV) – For the third year in a row, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo is hosting Late Nights at the zoo.

Adults can view the animals, have a beer, and enjoy some of Omaha’s food trucks.

The event still persists in some differences, including recommending wearing masks outdoors and requiring them in the indoor exhibits.

The zoo has put workers on leave, cut costs, and tried to get people to donate to their emergency fund with a goal of $ 5 million.

CEO Dennis Pate says they are working to ensure that all of their animals are in good hands.

“We got all kinds of expenses off the budget,” he said. “Really, we’re building on our core business, which cares a lot about the animals that we don’t do, all the other things that we do. But things like tonight that help.”

Since the zoo reopened, they have had roughly 40 percent of their normal visitor numbers. There are three more late nights at the zoo events, which will take place on the first three Thursdays in August.

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