Travel to Africa, the Galapagos Islands or Canada with the Cincinnati Zoo in 2017! Posted October 26, 2016FREE Travel information session offered February 22 CINCINNATI – (October 26, 2016) If you have a passion for travel, exotic destinations, or wildlife, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s has the perfect adventure for you! With three unique locations and experiences being offered in 2017, all led by seasoned and knowledgeable Cincinnati Zoo staff. The Zoo is hosting a complimentary Travel Evening on February 22, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. to highlight 2017 trips to Kenya, Galapagos & Manitoba. More information available here! 2017 Trip Details Kenya, June 18-30, 2017 Led by the Zoo’s Curator of Mammals – Africa, Christina Gorsuch See giraffes, rhinos, elephants, baboons, zebras, lions, ostriches and more! This safari has been carefully designed to treat travelers to the best Kenya has to offer. Begin your exploration of this magnificent country driving on rugged roads through rich farmland. Visit Daphne Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage, a nursery and rehab center for infant elephants that have lost their families, at the edge of Nairobi National Park. Explore the spectacular landscapes of the African savannah on this breathtaking adventure. Galapagos Islands, August 20-28, 2017 Led by the Zoo’s Director of Education and Volunteer Departments, Dan Marsh Witness the architectural masterpieces of Quito Colonial City before you are escorted at the airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands, where you will meet up by your naturalist guide. For the next five days, you will bear witness to our planet’s most captivating wildlife; for example, their namesake, the 600-pound tortoises, which in the Spanish language, are called Galapagos. You’ll be mesmerized by the awe-inspiring landscapes and misty volcanic peaks. The underwater world is equally enchanting. Wildlife here also includes Sea lions, Galápagos Fur seals, Galápagos Penguins, Blue-footed and Nazca Boobies and Noddy Terns. This area has a very rich marine life, and is seasonally visited by green sea turtles. The Galapagos Islands have touched the hearts and imaginations of Lord Byron, Charles Darwin and countless others – why not you? Manitoba, Canada, November 10-16, 2017 Led by the Zoo’s CREW Reproductive Physiologist, Dr. Erin Curry Your journey begins as you gather in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Next a short flight will take you to Churchill, located 700 miles to the north (the same latitude of Stockholm, Sweden.). From October through mid-November, more than 1,200 bears migrate from their summer ranges along the bay south of Churchill up to the capes where the ice forms the earliest and will support their weight so they can begin their annual hunt for seals, their primary source of food. From here, you’ll travel the tundra, looking for polar bears and other fascinating wildlife. Exploring on the tundra buggies is an adventure in of itself. These all-terrain vehicles lumber across the tundra at a leisurely pace. Expert guides accompany you, leading you through the wilderness to discover the polar bears. On one of the evenings in Churchill (weather permitting) you will return to the tundra to view the infamous Northern Lights. Information regarding itineraries, costs and other details for each travel option will be available at the information session. To RSVP for the complimentary presentations or for additional information on travel opportunities provided by the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, please contact Christina Anderson at 513-487-3318. Travel session will take place at the Frisch’s Theater in the Harold C. Schott Education Building at the Cincinnati Zoo. Parking for the event will be in the Education Parking Lot, for FREE.