Omaha, Nebraska: Boys in the Plastic Bubbles - Zoo's Gorilla View

With 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.
Address:
3701 S. 10th St., Omaha, NE
Directions:
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.
Hours:
Daily 9 am - 5 pm; off-season 10 am - 4 pm. (Call to verify)
Phone:
402-733-8401
Admission:
Admission
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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]
Boys in the Plastic Bubbles - Zoo's Gorilla View

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]

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