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Omaha zoo to offer free admission to children under 12 from Saturday through Dec. 31

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Visitors get an up-close view of a sea lion at the new Owen Sea Lion Shores exhibit at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium.

The Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium will offer free admission to children younger than age 12 Saturday through Dec. 31.

The free admission is part of the zoo's "12 Days of Giving," during which zoo visitors are randomly selected for prizes.

Up to six children can be admitted free to the zoo with each paid adult.

The zoo is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Buildings are open until 5 p.m. The Lied Jungle closes at 3 p.m.

The zoo is closed on Christmas Day. 

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Omahans took to the streets as protests swept across the nation this summer. The movement that began in response to the killing of a Black Minneapolis man by police was further flamed by the death of James Scurlock, a Black man shot and killed by a white bar owner during a night of chaos in Downtown Omaha.

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Jessica covers city issues for The World-Herald, including public parks, transportation, Omaha City Council and the Mayor's Office. Follow her on Twitter @Jess_Wade_OWH. Phone: 402-444-1067

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