As of today, you now have permission to get dirty at the zoo. Friday morning, staff opened the new Prehistoric Play Park and Fossil Dig site at Henry Doorly Zoo.
It's located on the north end near the petting zoo.
The new space was created with the help of the state museum and is a replica of Nebraska 12-million years ago.
In one part, children are able to dig and uncover fossils using the tools of the experts.
"It's always our hope where we put our money -- to get people -- especially the young ones in front of me -- interested in science and particularly the science of Nebraska," said donor Ted Hubbard. "This is particularly pertinent to the state -- and it's one of our treasurers."
There are several life-sized sculptures of the animals from our region's fossil history (Diatryma, Teleoceras, Hesperotestudo, Barbourofelis) and all of those can used by children as a jungle gym.