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Travel to Tanzania with the Birmingham Zoo


Explore and Experience the Natural Wonders of Tanzania on a Great Migration Safari with the Birmingham Zoo

The Birmingham Zoo is hosting a trip of a lifetime with an extraordinary expedition to Tanzania, from June 11 through June 23, 2020! 

Discover some of the most stunning wilderness and ecosystems in the world, during your visit on an unforgettable African safari with Birmingham Zoo’s President & CEO, Chris Pfefferkorn.

The foothills of snowcapped Kilimanjaro and the rugged peak of Mount Meru, the acacia-dotted savannah plains of the Serengeti with the Great Migration, the Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park, Arusha National Park and the Great Rift Valley—these are but a few of the celebrated places and great national parks that make Tanzania one of the world’s most spectacular wildlife destinations. Within this unspoiled wilderness we still find huge herds of freely roaming wild creatures.

With the romance of the African wilderness as our stage, we invite you to experience the drama of a truly incredible wildlife adventure. You will be accompanied by expert, naturalist safari guides, who will introduce you to the vast wildlife and culture found in Tanzania.

While on Safari, you will experience the elegant accommodations of your camps and the friendly service of the local staff. Guests will stay in deluxe lodges and safari tented camps, be treated to gourmet meals including a traditional lunch in an African village. Your trip to Tanzania with the Birmingham Zoo, is the ideal journey for a traveler in search of a more private, exclusive experience!

Join us for an information session about this trip on Monday, September 23 from 5:30pm until 8:00pm at the Birmingham Zoo’s new Altec/Styslinger Learning Center. See below for more details!





Join me and other zoo members on an unforgettable safari to Earth’s greatest wildlife spectacle.
– Chris Pfefferkorn, President and CEO of the Birmingham Zoo


JUNE 11 – JUNE 23, 2020
Natural Wonders of Tanzania
Great Migration Safari
Limited to just 18 guests!




Monday, September 23
5:30pm – 8:00pm

Birmingham Zoo
Learning Center


Join us for a special information session about our Tanzania travel program with guest speaker Pratik Patel, Founder and Chairman of The African Wildlife Trust (AWT). Interested participants will learn more about this expedition of a lifetime and how the Birmingham Zoo is partnering with organizations in Africa to conserve wildlife and wild places in the natural world. The information session is free of cost and will host a meet & greet reception with light refreshments before the presentation. Guests will have the opportunity to reserve and book their spot on the trip after the session, with Birmingham Zoo Travel Representatives.

5:30pm – meet & mingle reception with light refreshments
6pm – opening statement: Chris Pfefferkorn, Birmingham Zoo President & CEO
6:30pm – guest speaker: Pratik Patel, , Founder and Chairman of The African Wildlife Trust
7:30pm – Tanzania trip planning and information

EVENT RSVP Guests interested in joining us for the information session are asked to please RSVP to and include the number of people in your group. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the event!

Please contact Birmingham Zoo Travel Representatives: Patricia and Richard Ryel for more information about our trip to Tanzania and for booking!

Birmingham Zoo Travel Representatives
Patricia and Richard Ryel
Ryel World Travel – Dream Vacations
205.994.3030 or 205.283.5910



Guest Speaker
Pratik Patel

CEO of Safari Legacy and founder of the African Wildlife Trust and Ivory Orphans


Pratik is a third generation Tanzanian and grew up running around Tarangire National Park and the Serengeti Plains. He received a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Dar es Salaam and completed his Honors cum laude at the American College of London.

Pratik and his family have been involved in the safari and ecotourism business for over four decades in Tanzania. The Patel family. have been directly affected by the poaching crisis, as 60 or more elephants per day are being killed for their ivory. At this rate elephants in Tanzania will be extinct in 5 years and all of Africa in 8-10 years.

The African Wildlife Trust (AWT) was founded and developed out of Pratik’s love for the African elephant and his strong desire to try and save them. Pratik has very close ties to the government of Tanzania who assist him in his fight against poaching.

At great personal danger and expense Pratik works closely on the ground with rangers, scouts and communities to identify and stop poaching. He is considered the initial “whistle blower” that brought the extent of poaching and the people involved to light. He has been instrumental in working within the government to uncover and prosecute those involved in corruption and involvement from junior game scouts up to the highest levels. Pratik was one of the first to link international terrorism with ivory poaching, a fact now widely recognized.

Pratik is promoting a deeper understanding of the endangered wildlife trafficking epidemic the world is facing. His goal is to enable specialized intelligence-led anti-poaching units and a team of conservation consultants to focus on proactive effective wildlife law enforcement.