Travel with the Zoo
At the heart of every excursion in the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association’s International Travel Program is a focus on ecotourism and educating travelers about the wonders of the natural world.
Each trip spotlights the florae and faunae as well as the history and culture of the region. It also gives travelers the chance to learn about the L.A. Zoo’s involvement in wildlife and habitat conservation efforts and get exclusive access to knowledgeable local guides and naturalists. Travelers have the chance to learn about work being done in the field to conserve endangered species around the globe. All of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Associations’s tours are escorted by a representative of the L.A. Zoo who is there to offer insight, experience, and assistance at all turns.
October 28 to November 8, 2019
Watch a spectacular parade of animals drink at the waterhole of your treetops hotel, ending on the plains of the famed Maasai Mara. Visit Lake Nakuru, which boasts a variety of Africa’s most spectacular animals. Discover the “Kingdom of Lions” in the grasslands, among cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, and jackals. This is the original safari destination in Africa, one for all the senses—be amazed as Kenya intoxicates you with its sights, tastes, sounds, smells, and touches of magic!
February 26 to March 6, 2020
Discover the secrets of the rainforest from a tropical bird’s point of view on the Rainforest Aerial Tram, as well as by boat as you glide along the natural inland waterways and canals in Tortuguero National Park. Gaze at the spectacular impression of Arenal Volcano in the distance as you sip your drink and enjoy its volcanically-heated hot springs. Your head and heart will literally be in the clouds as you explore Monteverde Cloud Forest, home to over 320 species of birds, including the Resplendent Quetzal.
November 2 to 12, 2020
Visit the Kalahari Desert and the otherworldly Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, where a glowing, white expanse of natural salt deposits creates glittering mirages that seem to reach out into the horizon endlessly. Nearby, the Nxai Pans are home to an array of animal and plant life, including the giant “upside down” Baobab trees that make the African skyline so spectacular. Then, take in the stunning view over the Okavango: a wetland wilderness of looping channels, islands forested with palms, and wide grassy floodplains. Encounter some of the most incredible and elusive wildlife on Earth, including lion, leopard, elephant, zebra, cape buffalo, and more.