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Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 2015 Tour Schedule

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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover.      – Mark Twain
Don’t put off your opportunity to search for, to imagine, and to see some of the world’s most magnificent wildlife any longer!  Join other nature enthusiasts on a Columbus Zoo group adventure!


Borneo Wildlife Journey

February 25 – March 8, 2015
Hosted by Tom Stalf, President and CEO

In the northeast corner of the Island of Borneo, lies the Malaysian state of Sabah, also known as “The Land Below the Wind.” It is here you will find a surprising array of wildlife, nature and cultures.  Visit Kinabalu National Park, home to 4,000 species of flora, 10 species of mammals, and over 300 bird species.  Trek to witness the feeding of the elusive proboscis monkeys and silver leaf langurs at the Labuk Bay Proboscis Sanctuary, and watch the orangutan feeding at Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center.  Explore tropical lowland rainforests, jungle trails, and treetop canopy walkways.  Journey through fields of rice paddies, along mountain ranges, and cruise the Kinabatangan and Menanggol Rivers in search of wildlife.  Discover Borneo’s diverse variety of flora and wildlife -- birds, elephants, bats, and, of course, orangutans and other primates -- on this exceptional itinerary.
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The Great Sandhill Crane Migration

March 16 – 18, 2015
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.” An immediate sell-out in 2014, this one-of-a-kind adventure includes three days of spectacular crane viewing and related activities, plus two nights lodging at the Crane Trust’s Wild Rose Ranch situated on 4,500 beautiful acres of native tall-grass prairie and wetland meadows. Each safari hosts only six to eight couples.
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Classic Safari to Kenya

May 26 – June 6, 2015
Hosted by Tom Stalf, President and CEO
“All I wanted to do was get back to Kenya,” said Ernest Hemingway.  You will feel the same way when you join the vibrant club of those intoxicated with Africa’s magic.  From its beautiful landscapes and sunsets, to animals and people whose lives have changed little over the centuries, you will discover Kenya is, indeed, the original safari destination.  Your wildlife viewing begins at Samburu Reserve, home to a number of wildlife species rarely found elsewhere in Kenya, and continues to the shores of Lake Nakuru in the Great Rift Valley.  Culminating on the classic savannah – grasslands where animals are plentiful and the vistas spectacular – in the Maasai Mara, Kenya’s most famous wildlife reserve, the setting for the film, Out of Africa.
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Explore Costa Rica for Teens

July 6 – 14, 2015
Hosted by Ginger Earley, Education Instructor and Volunteer Coordinator

From the palm-fringed beaches of the Caribbean coast to mist-shrouded mountains cloaked in cloud forest, Costa Rica is a paradise for the naturalist. With over 25% of the country set aside for national parks and reserves, it’s easy to understand how Costa Rica has earned its reputation as the wildlife sanctuary of the Americas.  Look for spider, capuchin, howler and squirrel monkeys, sloths, hummingbirds, resplendent quetzals and more in the country’s pristine parks and reserves.  Enjoy hiking, boating, canopy tours, and naturalist-led night excursions to view nesting green sea turtles, as well as specially arranged hands-on opportunities -- volunteer at a local village school and at a ranch, and assist local farmers of the El Silencio Project as they tend to trail and cage maintenance at their animal rescue center.
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Adventure on Darwin’s Islands: A Galapagos Safari

October 3 – 11, 2015
Hosted by Mike Brittsan, Curator of the Shores Region
*Book by October 1 and save $200 per person!
Travel in Darwin’s footsteps visiting several of the islands of the Galápagos and making your own observations of its fascinating wildlife.  Throughout your voyage aboard the 20-passenger M/Y, you will experience an astounding variety of unique landscapes and wildlife encounters.  This remote island group, with its dramatic and desolate beauty, is home to some of the most unique species in the world who wander freely and almost fearlessly.  Many are found only here, such as the Galápagos tortoise, marine and land iguanas, the flightless cormorant and, of course, Darwin’s famous finches.  Glimpse a male magnificent frigatebird in courtship, or the spectacular dive of a blue-footed booby fishing close to shore, or the graceful waved albatross.  It’s all here in the Galápagos, a treasure-trove of natural history awaiting your discovery.
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Create your custom African safari with the Zoo’s new program – Safari with the Pros!

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has partnered with Safari Professionals who has, for 27 years, been designing and conducting high-quality safaris to meet the needs and interests of discriminating travelers who wish to create their own experience.  Simplifying the planning process by identifying your dreams and desires, exceeding your expectations, and offering you excellent value is their goal.  As a member of the Columbus Zoo family, now you can take advantage of Safari Professionals’ exclusive, personal, safari planning service at no cost to you! 
Your custom journey affords you, your family, friends and colleagues the magical opportunity of exploring many of Africa’s treasures -- the great migration on Tanzania’s rolling Serengeti Plains; the powerful, yet gentle mountain gorillas of Rwanda; the world’s largest inland delta, the Okavango in Botswana; and the unmatched natural beauty and fascinating history of Cape Town; just to name a few.  Safari Professionals is ready, willing and eager to help you plan your adventure of a lifetime.  For more information, visit our website.   

Would you like to travel with the Zoo yet this year? 

Space currently remains on the following 2014 itineraries:

Best of Tanzania Migration Safari

October 17—30, 2014
Hosted by Tom Hof, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Philanthropy
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Wildlife Adventure to India

November 10—24, 2014
Hosted by Tom Stalf, President and CEO
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To protect you and your trip investment, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has made arrangements with Travel Insurance Services to offer you a comprehensive travel policy called Travel Insurance Select™. This coverage includes trip cancellation, interruption, and/or delay; baggage loss, theft, damage or delay; accident and/or sickness medical expenses, accidental death; and worldwide emergency medical evacuation and assistance.  CLICK HERE to learn more or to apply for this coverage. 
For additional details about these exciting journeys, contact Community Engagement Coordinator Patti Cattey at (614) 724-3558 or