Good Zoo at Oglebay Offers Exclusive Safari to Tanzania

Penny Miller from the Good Zoo at Oglebay visit with the Massai on a zoo sponsored safari.

The Good Zoo is offering an exclusive safari to Tanzania that will include some of the best wildlife spotting on the continent. The safari is November 2 to November 13, 2015 and an informative meeting will be held at the Good Zoo on Sunday, June 7 at 1:30 p.m. to answer questions.

The Good Zoo is offering an exclusive safari to Tanzania, East Africa. The trip will be escorted by Zoo Curator Mindi White, and retired zoo director Penny Miller. The safari runs from November 2 to November 13, 2015, with an optional extension to Zanzibar.  “This trip is a treasure trove of wildlife and culture. It’s the “bucket list,” trip of a lifetime for any wildlife lover, birdwatcher or photographer,” White said.


This exclusive safari will cover unforgettable spots including the unique eco-system of Ngorongoro Crater, the vast savannahs of the Serengeti, and the flamingo-lined shores of Lake Manyara.  “We will be watching elephant, zebra, wildebeest, impala, giraffe, lions, black rhinos, cheetah, hyena, jackal, and warthog, along with over 100 species of birds, ans searching for the elusive leopard,” White said. “Some of these species are highly endangered and disappearing at an alarming rate,” she added.  The trip will also include a visit to Olduvai Gorge where the roots of modern man were unearthed by the Leakeys, plus a visit to a Maasai village.


The Good Zoo is offering an exclusive safari to Tanzania that will include some of the best wildlife spotting on the continent “Hands down, this safari destination and itinerary is my favorite of all we have offered,” said Miller, who had been to Africa 10 times. She has led previous zoo safaris to Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia, and recently returned from a wildlife-themed tour of Cuba. “Our naturalist guide Robert Marks Moshi was born a Massai, and has been our guide on our other Tanzania trips. Our travelers just love him; he is an expert on the wildlife and the Massai culture and his stories add a whole new dimension to the safari.”  Miller added that this safari is unusual in that there will be three seasoned zoo professionals on the trip, and one of the zoo’s adult volunteers, a retired college professor who has led his own trips to Africa.



An informative meeting will be held at the Good Zoo on Sunday, June 7 at 1:30 p.m. The meeting will include photographs of past trips, discussion of the itinerary, packing tips and provide answers to all questions. For reservations or more information visit or contact Mindi White at 304-243-4029, or Penny Miller at 304-238-3215.

Endangered Species “Vanishing” at the Good Zoo at Oglebay

AZA SAFE: Saving Animals from Extinction To help raise awareness of the work the Good Zoo is doing to save animals from extinction and to highlight the public’s role in saving species, members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), which includes the Good Zoo, are coming together in a variety of ways to help the public consider what it would be like to not be able to see, learn from or connect with these incredible animals again.


On Friday, May 15, 2015, the 10th Anniversary of Endangered Species Day, several of the Good Zoo’s endangered species will be highlighted including a special presentation on the future of the Spectacled Bear.


Stan Myers, an adult volunteer at the Good Zoo, will be at the Spectacled Bear and Otter Exhibit beginning at 10:00 a.m.  “Throughout the day Stan will be explaining the status of Spectacled Bears in the world today and how they are on the brink of extinction,” said Mindi White, Curator of Animals for the Good Zoo.


Black and green ribbons will be placed on various exhibits at the zoo. “The black will signify endangered/threatened/species of concern and the green ribbons will signify some type of ‘success’’, said White.


“Our success stories include our African wild dog pups, our Golden Lion Tamarin babies and our raptor rehab,” White explained. “We will have a small graphic to go along with each ribbon with facts and information.  The ribbons will remain up through the weekend.


The zoo will also feature a Grevy’s Zebra video in the lobby to explain the plight of this species.


May 15 also marks the national launch of AZA SAFE: Saving Animals from Extinction (SAFE), said White. Through SAFE, for the first time, the entire AZA-accredited zoo and aquarium community will focus their conservation science, wildlife expertise, and 180 million annual visitors on saving species in the wild. In 2015, SAFE will focus on 10 species, to be announced.


This new collaboration builds on the existing conservation efforts by the 229 AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums. SAFE harnesses the collective power and infrastructure, along with additional funding and resources, to target specific endangered species and save them from extinction by restoring healthy populations in the wild. Through SAFE, AZA and its members will convene scientists and global stakeholders to identify factors threatening species, develop Conservation Action Plans, collect new resources and engage the public.


The Good Zoo is currently open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Admission is $8.95 for adults and $5.75 for ages 3 through 12. Children ages 2 and under and members are admitted free.  For more information call the Good Zoo office at 304-243-4030 or visit and join the online SAFE conversation via #savingspecies.




About AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction

AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction combines the power of zoo & aquarium visitors with the resources and collective expertise of zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums and partners to save animals from extinction. Together we are working on saving the most vulnerable wildlife species from extinction and protecting them for future generations. To learn more, visit

Oglebay Executive Chef Receives Certification

Martin Galloway Earns Executive Chef Certification

Martin Galloway, Oglebay Resort’s ACF Certified Executive Chef, oversees Wilson Lodge Ihlenfeld Dining Room’s transition from breakfast to dinner.

Martin Galloway, Executive Chef at Oglebay, was recently certified by the American Culinary Federation (ACF).


Brian Burkley, Director of Food & Beverage, said that certification through the American Culinary Federation demonstrates skill, knowledge and professionalism. “Certification is not only a benchmark for personal and professional achievement but it has also become recognized as a standard of excellence in the industry,” Burkley said.  “We are very proud of Martin.”


Galloway said the certification process began last year.  “Once my initial application was reviewed and approved it was on to a written exam, given at an ACF approved site, in October.” The exam included 100 questions on culinary terms, techniques, cuisine and sanitation. Galloway said that certification also includes a practical exam.


“The practical exam was a preparation of a three course meal for four, and took more than three hours to complete,” said Galloway.  The practical exam includes a market basket with the foods required to use and three ACF accredited Judges monitor and question techniques, menu and execution from start to finish.


“The first course was serving and cooking lobster and salmon, the second course was salad and vinaigrette emulsification, and, the third and final course was entrée with protein, starch, and vegetable,” said Galloway.  “The whole process was critiqued and graded for each individual section.


“If you manage to pass the written and practical exam, you must submit all documentation for final review to the ACF and patiently wait to receive a mailed certificate of acceptance. Once you are registered into the ACF database, you officially have the title as an ACF Certified Executive Chef (CEC)” said Galloway.


In order to even  have this opportunity in becoming a CEC, Galloway had to accumulate over 150 hours of continuing education after receiving his high school diploma with additional courses on nutrition, food safety and sanitation, and supervisory management. Galloway also was required to work a minimum of three years as a Chef de Cuisine, Executive Sous Chef, or a chef in charge of food production, while furthermore supervising people in the preparation of food. These all around requirements are what make CEC such an extinguished title. Customers can feel safe knowing that their food is being handled by people who know what they are doing. Galloway’s training prepared him to deal with food allergies and ensure no cross contamination will occur, which can give a sense of relief to guests who struggle to put trust in others handling their food.


Receiving this certificate was not required through Oglebay, but through Galloway’s own sense of accomplishment. “I did not go to culinary school. I needed some other way of pushing myself to show that I can do it.” Receiving this ACF honor was a very large advancement for Galloway’s personal growth.


What is in store for Galloway’s future? His goal is to continue working hard at Oglebay Resort while having the opportunity to introduce a new up and coming revised menu. There will be exclusive dining events being hosted this approaching summer, and Oglebay’s Certified Executive Chef will play a large part in making Oglebay Resort a destination eating spot.