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Wildlife Adventure Tours With the Toledo Zoo
Discover exciting destinations and inspiring eco-tourism with fellow members, donors and friends of the Toledo Zoo.
The Toledo Zoo’s adventure tours offer affordable opportunities to explore exotic destinations, observe wild creatures in their natural habitats, and learn about local cultures. Guided by wildlife experts and experienced Zoo staff, our travelers are immersed in wilderness landscapes.
Our groups are limited in size to ensure your comfort and give you the most personal and enhanced experience possible.
Pack your sense of adventure, travel with the Zoo, and return with memories that will last a lifetime!
Tropical Adventure to Trinidad & Tobago
April 26-May 3, 2015
There is no better introduction to birding in the New World tropics than a trip to the two-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. The islands contain a diversity of easily-accessible bird watching habitats that allow unparalleled access to some of the world’s most stunningly beautiful birds.
Trinidad – only seven miles off the coast of Venezuela - contains an abundance of species found in northeastern South America while Tobago’s avifauna is more Caribbean in its makeup.
Asa Wright Nature Centre
While on Trinidad, you will be staying at the world-famous Asa Wright Nature Centre – a captivating eco-lodge located in a 2,000 acre tract of rainforest high in the Arima Valley of the island’s Northern Range. Visitors can see more than 40 species of birds before breakfast right from the Center’s verandah!
Verandah at the Centre
It’s not just about birds on Trinidad – you will also have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the leatherback turtle. Each spring and summer thousands of leatherback turtles (the largest turtle species and the fourth largest reptile) visit their ancestral nesting grounds on the beaches of Trinidad, laying enough eggs to produce hundreds of thousands of offspring at Matura Beach. The Nature Centre works in partnership with Nature Seekers to provide interpretation and viewing of the huge turtles.
Your stay at the Centre will also include a trip to the famous Caroni Marsh where your day will end with the spectacular flight of the scarlet ibis returning to their mangrove roosts at dusk – truly one of the world’s most dramatic natural moments.
In addition, the Centre’s expert guides and naturalists are always available to provide guided walks and other activities.
Guided walks at the Centre
Another very important aspect of this adventure will be the unique opportunity for the participants to work hands-on with the Zoo staff in the location, excavation and collection of colonies of leaf cutter ants. Some of these colonies will be transported back to the Toledo Zoo and used for display in the Nature’s Neighborhood exhibit and others will be distributed to zoos and museums throughout the world where visitors will marvel at their fascinating behaviors.
Leaf Cutter Ant
After a short flight to Tobago, you will arrive at the Blue Waters Inn – a charming and newly-renovated beachfront resort on the island’s northern coast. From the picturesque cove, you can enjoy island life, rainforest tours, and pristine beaches (with opportunities for swimming, snorkeling and just relaxing). Explore one of the most important seabird breeding islands of the Caribbean on Little Tobago Island, a short boat ride away.
Blue Waters Inn – Tobago
Your participation on this wildlife adventure will support the larger mission of the oldest nature center in the West Indies, as well as the work of the Toledo Zoo.
We hope you will join us on this unique journey. Space is limited so we encourage you to make your reservation now!
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All photos displayed on this web page were provided by Sally Albert, Toledo Zoo