Henry Doorly Zoo Usa Zoo Review

Henry Doorly Zoo, USA – Zoo Review

The RIGHT-tourism Zoo Review is a quick but informed guide to the quality of places where the public can see animals, including zoos, dolphinariums and other attractions.

We’ve used a range of measures, taken from information available online, to judge how well the animals at the particular zoo or animal attraction are looked after. More than just a ‘review’, the results are actually a Quality Index which will allow tourists and the attractions themselves to judge how well the attractions are performing.

Please note, the information we use is taken from what we assume to be genuine and factually correct comments from reviews, blogs and news stories. If there are factual inaccuracies, please let us know and we will make the relevant changes.

RIGHT-tourism Zoo Review Rating for: Henry Doorly Zoo, USA

 

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Summary

Henry Doorly Zoo is well received by the visitors, and is ranked World’s Number 1 by TripAdvisor. The reviewers of this zoo share their amazing experiences, with many mentioning how the animals are well kept in the zoo and how these animals are provided with their natural habitats.

Some of the reviewers and bloggers are aware of the fact that the zoo has received multiple awards and its top rankings (such as by the Family Fun magazine, TripAdvisor). The zoo has also been regarded as a very good educational institute by many. Public opinion and animal welfare measures of this zoo suggest that the animals here are looked after well.

Having said that, Henry Doorly Zoo has dropped some marks in our Zoo Review, mainly around interactions with the animals. While there’s no doubt that the standards at this zoo will be of the highest level, the ability for visitors to the zoo to pet or pat the animals, whether or not in a controlled or educational context, will always raise some questions about the welfare of the animals. And while the Zoo clearly does a lot of work in terms of conservation, it is not obvious whether that extends to actively taking part in breeding programmes or wild-releases to help species in the wild.

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Section One: Social Media and News

This section looks at how the attraction is rated by people on key reviewing sites, and in blogs/the media. The reviews are often not concerned with animal welfare, so this section has a lower influence on the overall mark than other sections. However, it is an important measure of the way the attraction is viewed by visitors.

Number of negative TripAdvisor reviews

For the most recent 20 reviews which appear on the official TripAdvisor page for the attraction, how many mention animal welfare in a negative way. The score is worked out as a percentage (see method below).

Number of negative reviews:  0/20

Score: 2.5 Points

The Henry Doorly zoo in Nebraska has very positive reviews from its visitors. It has been considered as the must visit place since the visitors had excellent experiences during their visits. Some even visited the zoo several times and they point out how they find something new and exciting in all of their trips. One of the reviewers mentioned how his/her grandkids enjoyed seeing penguins in their natural habitat. There was also a mentioning of fantastic rainforest area inside the zoo. Out of 20 reviews, there was not any negative review.

Number of negative Google reviews

For the most recent 20 reviews which appear on the Google search page for the attraction, how many mention animal welfare in a negative way. The score is worked out as a percentage (see method below).

Number of negative reviews:  0/20

Score: 2.5 Points

Out of the 20 Google reviews, there were not any negative reviews. A total of 6 reviewers gave 5 stars to the zoo but have not commented on it. The rest of the visitors mentioned about their wonderful experiences in the zoo. They also referred to the educational exhibits inside the zoo. Some reviewers point out how the animals are well kept in the exhibits (i.e. the amazing gorillas, cats and bear exhibits). There was also mentioning of an excellent presentation of animal habitats, atmosphere and animal varieties

Number of negative news articles and blogs
For the most recent 10 independent blogs or news articles for the attraction, how many mention animal welfare in a negative way. The score is worked out as a percentage (see method below).

Number of negative mentions:  0/10

Score: 5 points

Out of the 10 blogs or news stories, there were not any negative story about the Omaha Henry Doorly zoo. Bloggers have written about their wonderful experiences and insisted others visit the zoo. Apart from their positive experiences, some of them have also appreciated the zoo’s focus on conservation education, research and training.

Total Score for Social Media and News Section:  10/10

Section Two: General Quality of Life

This section looks generally at how the animals, as a whole, appear to be treated. It is based on the internationally recognised Five Freedoms, which focus on key aspects of animal welfare including feeding, housing, health, behaviour and protection from fear/distress.

Each item is scored as either two points for a Yes, zero points for a No or one point for Possibly. (The Possibly category also includes situations where the answer would be Sometimes; or if the answer is unknown).

Absence of prolonged hunger and/or thirst

Score: Yes   Points 2

Being fed an appropriate diet based on their wild diet

Score: Possibly   Points 1

Ease of movement within living quarters

Score: Yes   Points 2

Note: Reviewers talk about the large spaces for the animals. This shows that the animals get comfortable room for their movements.

Enrichment in living quarters (eg climbing frame, toys etc)

Score: Yes  Points 2

Absence of injuries or disease

Score: Yes Points 2

Absence of pain (eg being not being chained, or not being hit by staff)

Score: Yes  Points 2

Ability to express natural and social behaviours in living quarters

Score: Yes  Points 2

Many reviewers mention about the natural-habitat environment in the zoo. This indicates that the animals are taken care of in terms of maintaining their natural and social behaviours.

Good human-animal relationship with staff

Score: Yes Points 2

Absence of general fear/distress/apathy

Score: Yes   Points 2

Most of the visitors praise the zoo environment and the well-kept animals.

Ability to seek privacy/refuge from humans and other animals

Score: Possibly   Points 1

Total Score for General Quality of Life:  18/20

Section Three: Interaction with the Public

This section focusses on the way the attraction allows the public to touch, play with, photograph, feed or otherwise interact with the animals. The focus is on whether or not the interactions are causing harm or stress/discomfort to the animals, and if they could be dangerous to the public.

Each item is scored as either two points for a Yes, zero points for a No or one point for Probably. (The Probably category also includes situations where the answer would be Sometimes; or if the answer is unknown).

The interactions are not harmful in any way for the animal’s welfare

Score: Possibly   Points 1

The interactions are not harmful in any way for the public’s welfare (any previous history of dangerous incidents)

Score: Yes   Points 2

The animals are not forced to interact with the public – they can refuse

Score: Possibly   Points 1

The public are not allowed to handle the animals and touch them

Score: No Points 0

There are reports of visitors patting penguins.

The interactions are supervised by staff and in an educational context

Score: Possibly   Points 1

Total Score for Interaction with the Public:  5/10

 

Section Four: Conservation and Education

This section looks at whether or not the attraction has a focus on conservation – for example does it support animals in the wild through breeding programmes, research or donations; and education – are visitors informed about the animals so they are not simply seen as objects for human amusement/entertainment.

Each item is scored as either two points for a Yes, zero points for a No or one point for Probably. (The Probably category also includes situations where the answer would be Sometimes; or if the answer is unknown).

Are some of the animals part of international breeding programs?

Score: Possibly   Points 1

Is there evidence of them having released animals into the wild?

Score: Possibly   Points 1

Do they actively undertake scientific research into conservation/behaviour of their animals?

Score: Yes Points 2

Does the attraction give money to conservation or animal protection programmes?

Score: Yes   Points 2

Does the attraction provide educational talks or written displays to inform visitors about the animals?

Score: Yes  Points 2

Total Score for Conservation and Education:  8/10

Zoo Review Final Score for Henry Doorly Zoo: 41/50

Rating:  Best in Class – the welfare of the animals appears to be of a very high standard

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Notes

  1. This report was compiled on: 7th November 2014 by Sangita Shrestha. Find out more about our Zoo Review campaign here.
  2. Zoo Review Final Score is given out of 50 as a sum of the four sections, then a RIGHT-tourism Zoo Review rating is awarded based on this score:

0-10: Unacceptable – the animal welfare at this attraction appears to be of a very low standard and a cause of great concern
11-20: Poor – it appears that significant improvement is needed in order to meet welfare standards
21-30: Average – the attraction scores well in some areas but improvements would be welcome
31-40: Good – Public opinion and animal welfare measures suggest that the animals here are looked after well
41-50: Best in Class – the welfare of the animals appears to be of a very high standard

  1. TripAdvisor and Google scores are worked out by dividing the number of negative welfare reviews by the total (20) and multiplying by 100 to give a percentage, then giving a score out of 2.5 as follows:

0-19% negative 2.5 points
20-39% 2 points
40-59% 1.5 points
60-79% 1 point
80-89% 0.5 point
90–100% 0 points

  1. News and blog scores are worked out by dividing the number of negative welfare reviews by the total (10) and multiplying by 100 to give a percentage, then giving a score out of 5 as follows:

0-19% negative 5 points
20-39% 4 points
40-59% 3 points
60-79% 2 point
80-89% 1 point
90–100% 0 points

 





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