TOP REASONS TO TRAVEL WITH US
- Broaden your perspective
- Scenery and nature
- The thrill of the new
- Find yourself
- Create the opportunity to “vacate” your life
- Your world gets bigger
- Meet new people
- Make the ordinary extraordinary
The Zoo’s high quality tours pair remarkable adventures with a fabulous educational experience. We hope you’ll join us in 2014 to see our world and its animal diversity as never before.
The Great Sandhill Crane Migration
March 14—16, 2014
Hosted by Barb Revard, Program Planning Director
National Geographic has called it one of the greatest wildlife phenomena in North America. They come as they have for thousands of years to this incomparable stretch of the Platte River—more than 500,000 cranes in all—to rest, feed and concentrate in astonishing numbers before pushing on to their breeding grounds in the north. Now, as never before, you can experience the wonder of North America’s great Sandhill Crane migration on rare Crane Trust lands in south-central Nebraska.
Borneo Wildlife Journey
April 11—21, 2014
Hosted by Tom Stalf, President and CEO
Journey to Borneo, a destination visited by relatively few Americans which offers a surprising array of wildlife, nature and cultures. Visit Kinabalu National Park, Sukau and the Kinabatangan River area, along with the Sepilok Rehabilitation Center, among other points of interest. A highlight of this journey is a visit to the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, where you’ll have special access to the Oran-utan Study Site, hosted by Red Ape Encounters. On this tour you are likely to encounter an unusual array of flora and wildlife, including birds, elephants, bats, and, of course, orangutans and other monkeys.
Culture & Wildlife Program in Kenya for teens and adult guardians
June 16 – 28, 2014
Hosted by Danielle Ross, Director of Education
Explore the Great Rift Valley, take a night game drive in search of rarely seen African wildlife, see the amazing display of flamingos at Lake Nakuru and experience one of the world’s greatest wildlife spectacles in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Spend three full days exploring the Shompole area, located in the southern portion of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley, where you will have the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the ecology of this dynamic ecosystem, walk with baboons, and enjoy a lesson on the essential skills needed to survive the African wilderness. Learn about the life of the Maasai people, participate in a community service project, and join a researcher to see camera traps used to monitor nocturnal wildlife activity, and understand how gathering, quantifying and interpreting wildlife data and land resources is so crucial to wildlife and conservation. This educational safari promises to enlighten and amaze!
Alaska — A Backcountry Adventure
June 23—30, 2014
Hosted by Patti Cattey, Community Engagement Coordinator
Marvel at stunning mountain ranges, rolling tundra, and the beauty of Alaska’s coastline and glaciers all in one seamless adventure. Search for Alaska’s iconic wildlife—grizzly and black bears, caribou, moose, wolves, whales, sea lions, puffins and more. Overhead, look for graceful Sandhill Cranes and aerobatic Arctic Terns. Guided hiking, kayaking, canoeing and more pave the way for connecting with this amazing landscape. From Fairbanks to Denali National Park and from Anchorage to Kenai Fjords National Park, this is a wildlife lover’s dream!
The Amazon Rainforests of Peru
September 27—October 5, 2014
Hosted by Suzi Rapp, Vice President, Animal Programs
Explore the wonders of the world's largest rain forest on a voyage you’ll long remember. From the sky, the Amazon looks like a lush, green blanket stretching as far as the eye can see, with silver ribbons snaking across it. But on the ground, the world’s largest rain forest and its rivers comprise a complex realm where even the teeniest insect, seemingly invasive vine and inhibited bird all serve important roles. It's home to some of the largest wildlife populations in the Amazon: pink and gray river dolphins, troops of howler monkeys, elusive sloths, flocks of brilliant macaws and bright butterflies. Lagoons covered in giant lily pads teem with fish and caiman, while scores of marsh birds hunt from shore
Best of Tanzania Migration Safari
October 17—30, 2014
Hosted by Tom Hof, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Philanthropy
The great annual migration of wildebeest and zebra in East Africa is one of nature's biggest spectacle. Experience the drama firsthand, as well as a wide variety of East Africa’s wildlife and human habitats, each with its unique community of birds and mammals, scenic attractions, and homelands that reflect the particular cultures of the people who inhabit the areas. Learn how the people and animals have learned to coexist and share in the bounty of this magnificent land. The Great Rift Valley, the vast savannas of the Serengeti, Tarangire, Arusha and Lake Manyara National Parks, Olduvai Gorge, the Ngorongoro Crater and more are all included.
Wildlife Adventure to India
November 10—24, 2014
Hosted by Tom Stalf, President and CEO
The pages of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book come alive as you travel through India’s ancient civilizations, architectural wonders and lush nature reserves. Feel your heart pound while watching a magnificent wild tiger stroll through its native habitat; explore bamboo thickets and sal forests from atop the back of a powerful, but gentle elephant; be entertained at the amazing temples of Khajuraho and stand in reverence at the holy city of Varanasi. An exotic landscape of rich colors, textures and unique wildlife brimming with cultural wonders, you’ll be inspired to pen your own “Jungle book.”
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Information concerning the Zoo’s exciting 2014 travel opportunities will be available shortly. Call 614-724-3558 or email email@example.com to learn more or to make a reservation for the Zoo’s eco-tours.