The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens travel program offers exciting opportunities to explore exotic destinations, observe wild creatures in their natural habitats, and experience local cultures. Guided by local wildlife experts and experienced Jacksonville Zoo staff, our travelers are given a unique opportunity to experience our conservation efforts first hand.
Imagine waking to the sounds of a trumpeting elephant and feeling the roar of a lion coursing through your body… or forgetting to breathe while watching a leopard stalking prey. You don’t have to imagine when you’re on safari! Kenya is the original safari destination and home to beautiful landscapes and vibrant wildlife.
Explore the most iconic wildlife reserves in all Africa: Samburu National Park, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Lakes Nakuru and Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley and Maasai Mara National Reserve.
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During the zoo’s 2018 Travel Program, zoo donors and members enjoyed 15 days on an African photo safari. The trip included visits to South Africa, Botswana, and Zambia with amazing wildlife along the way.
Zoo Host: Janet Wesley, Director of Marketing
This trip offered the chance to discover the charm of Africa as guests passed red-robed Maasai gazing into the plains and descended 2,000 feet by Land Rover beneath the cloud cover into the Ngorongoro Crater. They got to marvel at the sights and sounds of the African bush, surrounded by wildlife and untamed beauty of Lake Manyara and the Serengeti.
Zoo Host: Dan Maloney, Deputy Director of Animal Care and Conservation
Travelers experienced close encounters with charismatic animals found nowhere else on Earth. They hiked the land alongside iconic Galapagos creatures, including giant tortoises, sea lions, marine iguanas, and Blue-footed boobies.
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