Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is happy to announce Diventures as an official partner of the Zoo. This innovative partnership will focus on Ocean Health Conservation and Education programs.
“Diventures has been a great supporter of our diving program over the years, and we are very excited to have them as an official partner in conservation to help us engage the community in our efforts.” said Dennis Pate, president and CEO of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. “We are happy to work with a Nebraska-based business to impact change both locally and internationally.”
Over the next five years, Diventures will be supporting the following key projects of Omaha’s Zoo and Aquarium:
- Coral research, conservation and restoration through the Zoo’s partnership with SECORE International, a leading conservation organization for the protection and restoration of coral reefs. Funds will allow SECORE to purchase coral seeding units, which are integral to upscaling experiments and restoration efforts.
- Ocean and fresh water policy, conservation and awareness by supporting the Aquarium Conservation Partnership (ACP). Omaha’s Zoo and Aquarium was a founding member of ACP, which is a collective of 22 Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredited aquariums across the country taking action together to advance ocean and freshwater conservation.
- Education and engagement by creating curriculum for the Ocean Health Conservation Program and funding a newly created position of conservation education coordinator at the Zoo. This role will be responsible for developing Ocean Health Conservation Programs, developing curriculum for Zoo events, day camps and classroom activities focused on healthy oceans, and building partnerships with other organizations to increase our reach and effectiveness.
- Providing corporate donations for the Zoo’s Sea Lions exhibit.
“This is a first of its kind partnership for Diventures,” said Dean Hollis, founder of Diventures. “Working with Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is an exciting opportunity for us as we share a passion for ocean and freshwater health and conservation. We are looking forward to working together in our mission to encourage others to make a difference in the community.”
About Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
Consistently ranked as one of the world’s top five zoos, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is an independent not- for-profit organization accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The Zoo is recognized nationally for its conservation, animal care and exhibit design. As a leader in conservation, the Zoo’s Center for Conservation and Research focuses on areas to benefit animal husbandry and species conservation including conservation genetics, conservation medicine, rare plant conservation, reproductive sciences and comparative nutrition.
Diventures was founded in 2009, with one location in Omaha, Nebraska. It since has expanded to twelve locations (Omaha, Nebraska; Lincoln, Nebraska; Springfield, Missouri; Columbia, Missouri; Kansas City, Missouri; North Liberty, Iowa; Fitchburg, Wisconsin; Sun Prairie, Wisconsin; Atlanta, Georgia; Lexington, Kentucky; Battle Creek, Michigan; Phoenix, Arizona). Diventures provides concierge-level customer service for swim lessons, scuba certifications, equipment sales and service and group and private travel. Diventures is committed to safety and fun in the water, as well as giving back to support local and global communities. Employing hundreds of people and serving thousands of customers per year, Diventures uses their passion and the power of the water to impact lives and change the world…and have fun doing it!