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  • 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
  • Fun
  • Recharge
  • 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.
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Borneo Wildlife Journey

Resceduled for 2015
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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!
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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
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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. 
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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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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 about and/or to apply for this coverage.
Information concerning the Zoo’s exciting 2014 travel opportunities will be available shortly. Call 614-724-3558 or email to learn more or to make a reservation for the Zoo’s eco-tours.