Omaha, Nebraska: Boys in the Plastic Bubbles - Zoo's Gorilla ViewWith the Omaha zoo's immersive gorilla habitat, you no longer need to travel to Africa to experience what it's like to have an ape sit on your head.
- 3701 S. 10th St., Omaha, NE
- I-80 exit 454 (13th St. south). Two blocks south, turn left at the Rosenblatt Stadium / Henry Doorly Zoo Sign. Continue east past the stadium, and the road will turn north. Parking lot on right. Gorilla Valley is a short walk once inside the Zoo entrance, bearing to the left.
- Daily 9 am - 5 pm; off-season 10 am - 4 pm. (Call to verify)
Visitor Tips and News About Boys in the Plastic Bubbles - Zoo's Gorilla View
This was the highlight of our zoo visit. While the humans were peering in, with their cameras, flip flops and T shirts, a male gorilla ambled nonchalantly over by the glass, and BOOM BOOM BOOM banged on the glass with his fist. They screamed and ran. Who's the more evolved species?[J Nichols, 07/14/2011]
In a modern variation of Monkey Jungle's hook, where "the tourists are caged and the monkeys roam free," Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo puts its visitors in the middle of a gorilla habitat in transparent bubbles. Hubbard Gorilla Valley, which opened at the zoo in April 2004, features 5-ft. diameter acrylic hemispheres allowing observation right next to -- or right under -- hulking, full grown primates. A 520 ft. long glass lined tunnel also gives broad access to Gorilla Valley.[Roadsideamerica.com Team, Robot Greg, 06/26/2004]