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Columbus Zoo Announces 2011 Travel Destinations

Media Alert: Thursday, February 24, 2011


February 24, 2011

Patty Peters                                                         
Vice President Community Relations

Powell, OH – Dust off your pith helmet and join us for a special presentation of our 2011 travel programs to Rwanda, Australia and Costa Rica. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium complimentary preview of our exciting 2011 destinations will be held on Monday, March 7 at 7 p.m. in the Zoo’s Education Building.
Tour operator, Stacy Fiorentinos of Classic Escapes, will walk you through each wild and enriching journey. An expert in wildlife and nature travel, Stacy will share photos and personal experiences, illustrate what to expect on each program, and answer questions. Jeff Ramsey, one of the founders of PIC and now the Executive Director of Imbabazi Orphanage operations in Rwanda, and Albert Mitcho Karisa, one of the most experienced guides in East Africa, will also be at the travel meeting.
Our trek to Rwanda, led by Columbus Zoo and Aquarium President and CEO Dale Schmidt, will depart on June 8. This trip has been customized just for us and highlights many of the wildlife and humanitarian projects funded by Partners In Conservation (PIC) and made possible through the support of the Columbus Zoo. This once in a lifetime adventure includes hiking to see mountain gorillas and spending time exploring Rwanda alongside PIC Coordinator Charlene Jendry. An optional extension to Kenya’s Maasai Mara is included in the itinerary. 
On July 5 we journey to the land down under to discover diverse wildlife and fascinating cultures with tour escort Becky Nellis, School Programs Manager for the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and adjunct professor for Ashland University. This Australia adventure is open to everyone but is also designed to meet the needs of educators who are looking for unique opportunities to earn credits for professional development.
Young teens are invited to join Education Director Danielle Ross and Volunteer Coordinator Ginger Earley on a conservation adventure and turtle tagging expedition to Costa Rica departing on July 3. With its abundance of forests, concern for conservation and truly astonishing wildlife, Costa Rica is well-worth an extended stay. Incredible orchids will add vivid splashes of color to the rainforest, and the mammal species are exciting too – sloths, monkeys, and the elusive cats that are so difficult to spot. In addition, you’ll have a chance to work with the endangered sea turtles in Tortuguero.

Complete itineraries and pricing can be found under the “Learn at the Zoo” section of the Zoo’s website RSVP for the free travel evening or for more information about traveling with the Zoo call (614) 645-3411.
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is open 363 days of the year.  General admission is $12.99 for adults, $7.99 for children ages 2 to 9 and seniors 60+.  Children under 2 and Columbus Zoo members are free.  The Zoo was named the #1 Zoo in America by USA Travel Guide and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA.)  For more information and to purchase advance Zoo admission tickets, visit