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Columbus Zoo Offers Exclusive Safaris To Kenya And Rwanda

Media Alert: Wednesday, January 18, 2012


January 18, 2012

Jennifer Wilson
Communications Manager

Powell, OH – Travel to Kenya to explore vast savannahs and lush valleys in search of spectacular wildlife or immerse yourself in a world of emerald hills and tropical rainforests in Rwanda with the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Learn more about these once-in-a-lifetime travel opportunities at Zoo Travel Night on Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Zoo’s Education Building.
Stacy Fiorentinos, President of Classic Escapes, will lead the complimentary information session and discuss what to expect in these exotic destinations. An expert in nature and cultural journeys, Stacy will share photos and personal experiences and answer questions about the upcoming travel opportunities.
Exclusive Safari to Kenya – June 10-22, 2012
Travel to Kenya, regarded by many as the “jewel of East Africa”, to experience wildlife viewing and exploration. The journey begins and ends in Nairobi with experienced drivers and guides and an expert from the Columbus Zoo.  Enjoy the sites and sounds of Nairobi National Park, Karen Blixen House, Samburu Reserve, the Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Lake Nakuru National Park, the Maasai Mara and Northern Serengeti. While on safari see lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, rhinos, the myriad bird species and more.
Exclusive Safari to Rwanda – June 20-30, 2012
In conjunction with Partners In Conservation (PIC), a Columbus Zoo initiative.
Embark on a fascinating journey to Rwanda, a sanctuary for living history and the habitat of the majestic mountain gorilla. Explore the city of Kigali and learn universal lessons at the Genocide Museum, sing along with local school children, visit the Bisate Clinic and see the Karisoke Research Center with tour guide Dale Schmidt, President and CEO of the Columbus Zoo.
Complete itineraries and pricing can be found under the “Learn at the Zoo”; “Travel with the Zoo” section of the Zoo’s website To RSVP for the free travel evening or for more information about traveling with the Zoo contact Patti Cattey at 614-724-3558 or   
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The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is home to more than 9,000 animals representing 675 species and provides more than $1 million annually to support over 70 conservation projects worldwide.  A recreational and education destination that includes the 22-acre Zoombezi Bay water park and 18-hole Safari Golf Club, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium hosts more than two million visitors annually and was named the #1 Zoo in America by USA Travel Guide.  A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Columbus Zoo has earned Charity Navigator’s prestigious 4-star rating. For more information and to purchase advance Zoo admission tickets, visit