Teen EcoTravel

EcoTravel opportunities for Teens Few experiences can affect teens like international travel. Oakland Zoo has a history of inspiring teens with trips to exotic locations such as Borneo, Guatemala and Peru.

In 2015, we will return to visit some of our longtime conservation partners in one of the most amazing locations on Earth- East Africa.

Described by Winston Churchill as “the pearl of Africa”, Uganda is one of the most diverse, unspoiled and safest countries in Africa to visit. From encountering some of the last mountain gorillas on Earth, to cruising the Nile River, to tracking an incredible diversity of wildlife including chimpanzees, lions, elephants and hippos, Uganda has everything Africa has to offer. Teens on this trip will experience it all; in hands-on learning, lectures from experts in conservation, and time to soak in the beauty of Africa. The unique experience of traveling with the zoo means that you will have access to areas normally off-limits to tourists, making this trip truly special and ultimately unforgettable.


Highlights of this trip will include:
  • Budongo Snare Removal Project- Sponsored by the Oakland Zoo’s Conservation Fund, we will see firsthand how rangers and conservation education are saving chimpanzees.

  • Kibale Fuel Wood Project- Located in the Kibale Forest, home to 500+ chimpanzees, learn how this project has used innovative strategies to let humans and animals coexist and thrive.

  • Queen Elizabeth National Park- A pristine example of the African Savannah ecosystem, home to lions, elephants, hyena, and over 600 species of birds.

  • Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda- Track mountain gorillas in the cloud forests of Rwanda, where the famed Dian Fossey conducted her groundbreaking research.

Trip Dates: July 2015, exact dates TBD

Interested teens should plan to attend an informational orientation with a parent or guardian in the fall of 2014. Dates for orientations will be announced by Summer 2014.

To be eligible to participate in this trip, you must be a current Teen Wild Guide or ZooCamp Teen Assistant in good standing. To find out more about how you can become a teen volunteer and take advantage of these and other opportunities, please visit our Teen Programs page.

Can’t come with us in 2015? Stay tuned for more information about our 2016 trip!

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