Travel the world with Oregon Zoo wildlife experts

June 13, 2019 - 1:36pm

Join zoo experts for tours of East Africa and the 'Polar Bear Capital of the World'

Renowned wildlife photographer Gerry Ellis will be at the Oregon Zoo this month to talk about an exclusive small-group tour of East Africa and share spectacular images and stories from his years of travel there.

The presentation, hosted by the Oregon Zoo Foundation, takes place June 24, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the Cascade Crest building just inside the main entrance. Admission is free, but space is limited and registration is required.

This October, adventurers have two opportunities to travel alongside Oregon Zoo animal experts and learn how the foundation is helping the zoo save species and create a better future for wildlife.

Becca Van Beek, who oversees the zoo's Africa and primate areas, accompanies travelers on the East Africa tour, Oct. 5–20. Presented through Classic Escapes, the trip highlights the stunning landscapes and unique wildlife of Tanzania and Kenya, including lions, rhinos, Cape buffalo, leopards and a plethora of colorful birds. For more information, email or call 503-220-5770.

And Oct. 17–23, zoo director Dr. Don Moore, joins a Tundra Buggy expedition in search of polar bears and other Arctic wildlife. In addition to the Tundra Buggy adventures, travelers get to see the town of Churchill, Manitoba — aka the "Polar Bear Capital of the World" — explore history and culture at the Itsanitaq Museum, and meet a local dog musher. For more information, email or call 503-220-5738.