Friday, August 15, 2008

Kingdom of the Night

Beneath the Desert Dome is the Eugene T. Mahoney Kingdom of the Night which is the world's largest nocturnal exhibit. It was opened on April 2003. Kingdoms of the Night unearths the mysteries and animals of the darkness. The day-night cycles are reversed, so visitors can see nocturnal creatures in their natural habitats. Most nocturnal animals have adaptations like larger eyes that help them live in their dark environments. There are over 75 animal species in Kingdoms of the Night, including eight species of bats.

The Kingdoms of the Night is divided into several different exhibits which make it so fascinating, each representing a different environment. We went through a canyon area where we saw naked mole rats, fossa and fishing cats. This leads to an African diorama where children of all ages can stand inside a Baobab tree to see the transition from dusk to evening. The African diorama is one of the many multi-species exhibits in Kingdoms of the Night which shows how animals such as aardvarks, meerkats and greater bush babies interact.

We venture through a wet cave where we saw stalagmites and stalactites dripping into a "seemingly bottomless" pit. The pit is actually 16 feet deep and home to blind cave fish and crayfish. There were hundreds of bats flying around the stalagmites. Traveling through the Eucalyptus Forest, we had the chance to sense the Australian night life as they wander past Parma wallabies and tawny frogmouths and stroll alongside an Australian stream, full of fresh-water crocodiles, turtles and fish. The eucalyptus trees are preserved to keep their aroma fresh.
The Dry Bat Cave exhibit was illuminated by a 70-foot high shaft of light, and is home to many different species of bats.

What an experience!

Worlds Largest Indoor Rainforest

Lied Jungle is the world's largest indoor rainforest. It cost $15 million and opened on April 4, 1992. This exhibit is the largest of its kind in the world covering 1.5 acres and is 80 feet tall, about the same as an eight-story building.

We were able to see, touch, smell, hear and become part of the natural rainforest environment while observing animals that are free ranging or contained behind water and rock barriers. We walked through three different rainforest habitats from Asia, Africa and South America, seeing the lush vegetation and animals native to the area. Along the journey we found medicinal plants, giant trees, seven large waterfalls, cliffs and caves. Most of the rockwork, as well as the larger trees, are manmade to enhance durability and aesthetics. Materials used to create the manmade rockwork and trees include fiberglass, cement and metal frameworks. All man-made amenities were blended with live plants and animals to almost make the difference unidentifiable. The Lied Jungle's roof, constructed of fiberglass-reinforced plastic, provides natural sunlight to penetrate the rainforest and generate growth.

My experience here was the best specially when I walked through the hanging bridge. It's like I am really in the real jungle.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Butterfly & Insect Pavillion

Yesterday, I was not able to finish writing all the areas we have visited in Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo. I will continue it with the Butterfly & Insect Pavillion. It was a new interesting site just opened this May of 2008. The Butterfly and Insect Pavilion was a 14,000 square foot, located between the Scott Aquarium and the Giraffe Complex. Viewed from the sky, the exhibit resembles a winged insect. It has water lily pool below the stilt root tree. Visitors can travel around the roots and get an up-close view of the exquisite butterflies and moths in different species. Some are Blue Morpho, Zebra Longwing and Painted Ladies that flies among us.

We had the chance of seeing the 220 square foot area of butterflies and moths in their chrysalis or cocoon stage . They were hunged in hatching chambers where you can watch them complete their metamorphosis into breathtaking flying insects. There was the display of beehive too. On our way out, we have witnessed the home for ants, spiders, scorpions, walking sticks, mantid, beetles and many other amazing creatures.

At the lower level, through the window, we were able to see the Giraffe. What an experience!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Walter & Zusanne Scott Kingdoms of the Seas Aquarium

I cannot remember anymore the in order of places we visited in Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo but one of the great places is the Walter & Zusanne Scott Kingdoms of the Seas Aquarium. I very much enjoyed seing those sharks, sting ray and many different fishes because we had the opportunity of walking through the aquarium seeing above and in the side those lovely moving live big and small fishes.

The giant Aquarium was said that it cost $16 million and was opened on April of 1995. The size of it is 71,000 square foot and features realistic displays of aquatic habitats from polar regions, temperate oceans, coral reefs and the Amazon.

We had the chance of seing also the Penguins and Puffins below- and above-water in their real world. The Antarctic penguins can be seen through a 60-foot long, 25-foot high window extending both above and below water. The exhibit includes Antarctic rock, water and man-made snow, all kept at a temperature between 30 - 35 degrees Fahrenheit.

One highlight of the Scott Aquarium is an underwater stroll on the ocean floor. We went through in an oval shaped, 70-foot long, zig-zag acrylic tunnel that took us to caves, coral heads and canyons. We had the experience of being on the ocean floor with large sharks and rays swimming overhead and in the sides. It was a unique event for me so I took a lot of pictures.

A seven-foot high acrylic window is an additional exhibit that gives a close-up view of a giant Pacific octopus and cold water anemones. See colorful fish and invertebrates from above and below water at the Sulawesi black-sand beach. The Symbiotic exhibit shows visitors how symbiotic relationships between animals can help each animal survive.

There were other exhibits that I enjoyed watching much inside the aquarium like the fishes with natural defense systems, moray eels, weedy and leafy seadragons and a living coral reef...and more. You will love will appreciate will act in saving them.

The Dessert Dome

This will be my continuation of our 7 hours educational visit in Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo. Just like what I have told you, we watched the Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag first. We did not notice the time we consumed in watching but all I can remember is that we headed to Desert Dome.

It was my first time to see that largest glazed geodesic dome. Amazing! It was said that it cost $31.5 million (includes Desert Dome and Kingdoms of the Night) and was opened on April of 2002. It became "The world's largest indoor desert, the Desert Dome" and has become a landmark of Omaha. The Desert Dome features plant and animal life from three deserts of the world: the Namib Desert of southern Africa, the Red Center of Australia and the Sonoran Desert of the southwest United States. The Desert Dome contains 84,000 square feet on two levels (42,000 square feet on each level).

Located beneath the Desert Dome exhibit is the Kingdoms of the Night, the world's largest nocturnal exhibit.

Later, I will post the pictures that we took. At this time, it is not downloaded yet so i will attached it later. We indeed, enjoyed in strolling, getting the informations and features of the plant and animal life in different deserts of the world including the animal kingdom of the night. By visiting such place, you will be refreshed of the knowledge you gained back in school days. It was fun so make a schedule to visit the Animal Kingdom.

Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag

Yesterday, August 11, we went to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo® located at 3701 S 10th Street, Omaha, NE 68107. It was my first time to be there with my husband and a closefriend and we indeed had fun. We arrived on that place at around 10:15am and to tell you we went out at about 5:15 in the afternoon. That means we were there almost 7 hours. Can you be there that long? But we did. First, we went to Lozier Imax Theater and watched the Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag. I will going to share to you about this show and for the next activities inside the animal city, i will detail in my next posting.

Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag was the feature film showing only this August 9 to 17. Red Flag is the international training exercise for air forces of allied countries where many of the world's best pilots meet for the most challenging flying of their careers. Red Flag is the final training for pilots and their aircrews before being sent into actual combat. Follow pilot, John Stratton, as he makes his way through this extraordinary event held in the desert of Nevada. In honor of Air Force Week, this film is free for active military, active guard and active reserve and their immediate households (2 adults and dependent children 20 years of age and under). The film is open to the general public for the 2D admission price. Anyone wishing to visit the Zoo must pay general admission.

We indeed had fun as if were part of the show...its exciting and thrilling and its great! Watch the show!

Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo

I am so much fascinated with the grandeur of Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo but i was more and more captivated by the gold heart of Mrs. Margaret Hitchcock Doorly. Well, of course together with the other individuals who donated the same.

In 1963, Margaret Hitchcock Doorly donated $750,000. Just imagine how big is the equivalent amount of that money today. Huge as in huge amount. In doing so, she stipulated that the zoo be renamed in memory of her late husband, Henry Doorly, chairman of the World Publishing Company.

The Henry Doorly Zoo, located at 3701 South 10th Street. It is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). Its mission is conservation, research, recreation, and education. The zoo is
nationally renowned for its leadership in animal conservation and research. Evolving from the public Riverview Park Zoo established in 1894, today the Zoo includes several notable exhibits. It features the largest cat complex in North America; "Kingdoms of the Night" is the world's largest nocturnal exhibit and indoor swamp; the Lied Jungle is the world's largest indoor rainforest, and the "Desert Dome" is the world's largest indoor desert, as well as the largest geodesic dome in the world.

The Zoo is Nebraska’s number one paid attendance attraction and has welcomed more than 25 million visitors over the past 40 years.

Put this place in your schedule guys! you will enjoy.

It is worth waiting!

I was in elementary grade when i started to hear discussions on compleat courtship and marriage. Those topics were not that interesting to me yet since playing after school with my classmates was the one i spent most of my time with. I had my elementary grade in a public school and subjects as such were not that elaborated or talked about. Well, of course that time, we started to admire intellectual person already...have crush with other classmates and it was a good feeling. But in our place, talking about our feelings was something we would like to but we're shy of sharing it and end up keeping it with ourselves.

It was in high school days when i started to appreciate conversations about love...about courtship and about marriage. Not that I joined in exchanging of ideas about it but I just love of being a listener and an observer. I heard most of the topics from the activities with discussions from our church or in a seminar to the youth about how to deal changes and experiences being a youth. I appreciated everything about it and i believe that everybody will enjoy and will feel excited if the topic is all about love. I started to buy books. The one that i will never forget was the The Compleat Courtship and Marriage by Van Pelt, the Messages to young people by Ellen G. White was the one I love too though it caters not just for marriage or love that makes it more an amazing book. I started to became serious about it...understanding how important it was in our find the Mr. Right that God set for us. I started to pray to God to lead me to that person.

The understanding I learned with my experience since then about Love, Courtship and Marriage was, its like an education were we went to school for many years to be successful. And for me it is the same thing about marriage. It took time before I understood many things about the little things in courtship...handling the relationship....making it happy...understanding the sacredness and sanctity of it. And from there, with God, Marriage will be a happy and successful one.

I got married just last month. Things are lot so different now but what I can say is that I'm so thankful with God that He led me to Mr. Right and I am so happy this time. It is worthwaiting!