The Friends of the Baton Rouge Zoo values your interest in the unique events and programs we put together each year. It is through your participation - and for your enrichment - that we continue to expand in new and exciting directions for all of our Zoo friends.
With this in mind, I want to tell you about our 2014 Wildlife Safari to Kenya. This exciting program is yet one more way to accomplish our mission to connect people with animals. As a Friends of the Zoo member, you help us support many species "on the ground" like elephants, rhinos and cheetahs. This trip is an awesome opportunity to see these efforts first-hand and to experience Africa.
Only canvas stands between you and your dreams of life in the bush - painted in your mind by the safari expeditions detailed in books by Ernest Hemingway and Karen Blixen - and the tented camps they called home. In addition to the multiple daily game runs in the safari vehicles, where everyone has a window seat, you will be able to relax at your camp and watch a parade of elephant, giraffe, zebra and impala come to drink at the camp's floodlit waterhole and saltlick. Luxury tented camps, the famous parks and reserves of Sweetwaters, Lake Nakuru and the Maasai Mara, mark you as another explorer whose footsteps someone else will follow in.
The adventure takes place May 29 to June 8, 2014. Don't be left behind! With finite spots available, it is important that you let us know as soon as possible if you are interested.
I hope you will be able to join us; I am confident that it will be an experience of a lifetime and an exciting adventure for all.
Phil will soon complete his 15th year as Director of the Baton Rouge Zoo. Phil began his zoo career in 1982 in Springfield, Illinois, and has also served as director of zoos in Nashville, Tennessee; Peoria, Illinois; and South Bend, Indiana. He completed his undergraduate studies at Greenville College (Illinois) majoring in Biology and earned his MPA from LSU's E. J. Ourso College of Business.
Phil's interests include outdoor photography, traveling and he has a passion for wildlife conservation. Having just returned from Kenya in the fall of 2013, Phil looks forward to returning and hopes you will join him on this adventure of a life time.