Exciting Adventures Departing in 2018
The Jacksonville Zoo and Garden's Travel Program offers exciting opportunities to explore exotic destinations, observe wild creatures in their natural realms, and experience local cultures. Guided by local wildlife experts and experienced Zoo staff, our travelers are immersed in wilderness landscapes and given a unique opportunity to see some of the Zoo's conservation efforts first hand.
Nebraska’s Great Sandhill Crane Safari – March 13-15, 2018
They come as they have for thousands of years to this incomparable stretch of the Platte River—an estimated 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. Travel with Executive Director, Tony Vecchio on this trip to Nebraska.
Botswana Safari – June 15 – 25, 2018
Adventure is wrapped in luxury in Botswana, where you wing your way from camp to camp on small planes. No lines, no check-in, just the cheerful hello of the pilot as he tosses your duffle in the back of your ‘taxi in the sky.’ Visit the Kalahari Desert and the otherworldly Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, where a glowing, white expanse of natural salt deposits create glittering mirages that seem to reach out into the horizon endlessly. Then, take in the spectacular view over the Okavango; a wetland wilderness of looping channels, islands forested with palms and wide grassy floodplains. Travel with Janet Wesley, Director Marketing & Development.