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Wildlife-Focused Travel

The Houston Zoo’s Travel Program offers exciting and affordable 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 introduced to individuals who have taken on the task of safeguarding our planet’s precious biological diversity. Our goal is to inspire through experience and education. So, please join us for a tour. It could very well turn out to be the adventure of a lifetime.

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Rwanda: Virunga’s Mountain Gorillas, Primates of Nyungwe and Wildlife of Akagera

June 15th to June 23rd, 2019
$8,455 per person double occupancy.
$1,050 Single Traveler Supplement

Rwanda Trip Itinerary

This very special trip takes us to Rwanda, home to the critically endangered mountain gorilla, where we can track these gentle giants and see the work the Zoo is doing to protect them. The mountain gorillas inhabit some of the most spectacular scenery on earth, high on the flanks of the Virunga Volcanoes. During our time in Rwanda we will travel from Akageera National Park on game drives looking for a myriad of wildlife including newly reintroduced black rhino, lions and crowned cranes. From here we head to Nyungwe National Forest where we will trek for chimpanzees and potentially view nearly a dozen other primate species. Finally, we head to Virunga National Park as we trek up the slopes with mountain gorillas. During our trip we will meet representatives from conservation partners at Gorilla Doctors, Conservation Heritage Turambe and Saving Rwanda’s crowned cranes.

Galapagos: The Land of Darwin

July 21st to July 30th, 2019
$7,999 per person double occupancy.
$2,499 Single Traveler Supplement

Galapagos 2019 Trip Itinerary

Swim with sea lions and walk among basking marine iguanas on a trip to the Galapagos Islands with the Houston Zoo. The Galapagos Islands are home to some of the most interesting and accessible wildlife anywhere in the world! Join us as we search for the giant Galapagos tortoises, blue-footed boobies and the unique and adorable little finch species. Your trip will include a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, world famous for its research and tortoise breeding programs, where you will learn about the vital work the Zoo and other organizations are doing to study and protect Galapagos wildlife.

Borneo’s Orangutans, Elephants and Wildlife

September 15th to 22nd, 2019
$5,200 per person double occupancy.
$1,000 Single Traveler Supplement

Borneo Trip Itinerary

Sabah, Malaysia, on the island of Borneo, is a land of varied landscapes and brilliant wildlife. Our tour takes us on a journey highlighting the Zoo’s elephant and orangutan protection efforts. We will experience local cultures and enjoy an exciting boat trip on the Kinabatangan River; one of Borneo’s longest and most majestic rivers. Our trip will offer us an opportunity to visit the village of Sukau, home of the Kinabatangan Orangutan and Elephant Conservation Programs where we will meet with conservation partners from these efforts. While in Sukau, we will travel with local staff to search for Bornean elephants and orangutans, proboscis monkeys, hornbills, crocodiles, and many other wildlife species using the river, ox-bow lakes and tributaries.

Polar Bear Adventure in Churchill, Canada

November 4th to 9th, 2019
Canadian $8,579 CAD (Approximately $6,700 US Dollars) per person double occupancy

Polar Bear Adventure Itinerary

Travel north to Manitoba and the town of Churchill set on the edge of the Hudson Bay, winter home of the polar bear. Following a network of established trails in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area and frozen tidal flats, a Tundra Buggy will take us to the heart of the tundra, where polar bears and other arctic wildlife roam. Polar bears congregate in large numbers along the shore of the historic Hudson Bay waiting for the water to freeze so they can spend the winter hunting out on the pack ice. There is also ample time to discover Churchill’s personality by exploring unique shops, family run restaurants, and cultural museums that portray the historical importance of the region.