Travel Programs

Tanzania     Amazon Voyage

Travel Program with the Chicago Zoological Society

Tanzania: A Treasure Trove of Wildlife and Culture

May 20-31, 2017

The May 2017 Tanzania Trip is sold out. But please download the brochure for more information. Or call (708) 688-8348 to learn about our next schedule Tanzania departure.

Download the Tanzania Travel Brochure to Register

Your first animal viewing opportunity is at Lake Manyara National Park, which boasts over 350 bird species, including eagles, vultures, storks, swifts, swallows, and flamingos. Baobab trees are home to blue vervet monkeys and baboons, while lions and elephants laze nearby.

Next up is Ngorongoro Crater, an extinct volcano that plays host to lions, hyenas, wildebeests, zebras, porcupines, buffalo, elephants, and more— including rare black rhinos.

At the famous Olduvai Gorge, where the renowned Louis and Mary Leakey made some of archaeology’s most amazing discoveries, you can tour the museum there before heading out into the spectacular Serengeti, where millions of wildebeests and hundreds of thousands of zebras migrate each year, followed by predators such as cheetahs and leopards. Explore the Serengeti Wildlife Research Centre to discover all you would want to know about this World Biosphere Reserve.

Walk in the footsteps of Hemingway in the Grumeti River area, which features pools of fierce creatures like crocodiles and hippos. Also among this area’s residents are lions and leopards, which you can watch from your camp, an elegant Victorian-era tented outpost set upon a hill.

Amazon Voyage: Greatest Voyage in Natural History

October 20 to 29, 2017

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Join Brookfield Zoo members and Shedd Aquarium members for adventure as an elegant riverboat becomes your home for seven days. Gaze at the stars and hear amazing stories told by guides as you float your way from Iquitos to the confluence of the Marañón and Ucayali rivers—the western origin of the Amazon.

Hop aboard excursion boats to search for oriole blackbirds, green ibises, and yellow-headed caracaras, as well as monkeys and sloths. Folklore and science come alive as you look for pink river dolphins and squirrel monkeys.

Explore Pacaya-Samiria Reserve aboard excursion boats and hike the rain forest on the lookout for capybaras, caimans, bats, and other animals—at night. During the day, you may be able to find scarlet macaws, hoatzins, black-collared hawks, and red howler monkeys. Stop over at a riverbank village owned by the Ribereño people and visit a school and talk to the shaman. Continue your adventure with more birdwatching, and try your hand at fishing for piranhas.

The Chicago Zoological Society’s senior vice president of animal programs, Bill Zeigler, and Shedd Aquarium’s vice president of environmental quality, Allen LaPointe, will lead this trip.

For more information on travel, contact Chris at: (708) 688-8348

Every member receives

  • FREE admission for one year
  • FREE parking for one vehicle at the main entrance (1st Ave. and 31st Street)
  • Discount parking at the south entrance
  • Member discounts on selected attractions inside the zoo
  • Publications including member emails and Gateways, the quarterly member magazine
  • Monthly specials at shops
  • Restaurant discounts
  • Education program, and special event discounts


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