The Omaha zoo animals want your tree branches. Here's how to donate

The zoo says branches make tasty treats for the animals, especially the new residents: the takin and goral. Other animals like the elephants, gorillas and pygmy hippos enjoy eating trees in their natural diet.

Are you looking to branch out?

Here's a solution: Give your tree branches to the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium.

The Omaha zoo is requesting branches, as they provide tasty treats for many of the animals, including new residents takin and goral, along with elephants, gorillas and pygmy hippos.

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Elm, hackberry, mulberry, birch, honey locust, linden and willow are among the tree species accepted, but the zoo requests that you only bring in tree limbs that have not been treated with pesticides or that aren't from dead, dying or diseased trees. Oak, black locust and red maple tree limbs are among the species not accepted.

If you have questions, contact the zoo at 402-738-6947 or

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