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See the World with the Zoo!

Henry Vilas Zoo and Friends of Henry Vilas Zoo are pleased to announce our travel program's upcoming wildlife adventures, taking you from the Arctic to the wilds of the Serengeti. Zoo travel opportunities are a fun, safe and comfortable way to see the world with expert local guides. You will have the opportunity to learn more about wildlife conservation and support the Zoo by choosing your next international destination today.

Why travel with the zoo? You will have a front seat view to the natural wonders of the world, and have the chance to travel with expert guides for a safe and fun vacation experience. It is our goal to provide you with memorable experiences which will give you a better understanding of Henry Vilas Zoo programs, conservation efforts and help you understand how your support of Henry Vilas Zoo and Friends of Henry Vilas Zoo impacts the world around us.

Traveling with the zoo gives you the opportunity of a lifetime by showing how conservation efforts here in Madison benefit the rest of the world.

"Africa was truly amazing adventure!! What a gift to be able to see this beautiful country and experience it with such a GREAT group of people who share the same love of wildlife and adventure. This was truly an unforgettable experience. I really can't thank the zoo enough for putting together this fantastic travel opportunity. I am anxiously waiting for the next adventure."
- Jennifer Johnson

Henry Vilas Zoo Southern Cross Society: When you join the zoo on travel south of the equator, you will become a member of our Henry Vilas Zoo Southern Cross Club. This society honors the great traditions established with the start of transcontinental travel and is a new part of our zoo travel experience, and will include a special certificate as well as an annual zoo travel reunion and other opportunities.

Upcoming Trips

Journey to Tanzania
November 9 - 20, 2017.

A safari to Tanzania is the ultimate close encounter with the natural world. From the gripping action of predator and prey in the Serengeti to the diverse vitality in the Ngorongoro Crater, the site of a once-fearsome volcano now a sprawling woodland of life and greenery. You'll fall under Tanzania's spell, intoxicated by the calls and rumbles of migrating herds, the elegant arches of ancient baobab trees and the kaleidoscope of ethnic diversity. Venture into remote areas of the Serengeti and Tarangire and rest in intimate, exclusive lodges that blend into the natural landscape, lulling you to sleep with a serenade of the exotic wildlife outside. Africa will enchant you and the safari experience will create memories you'll treasure forever. See full itinerary here. Please join us for a zoo travel information session on March 8th from 5-6:30pm in Anna Vilas Hall. RSVP to if you are interested in attending.

For more information, please contact Elsa Rae Duranceau at 608-258-9490 or