Good Zoo at Oglebay Offers Exclusive Safari to Tanzania

An informative meeting about the Safari to Tanzania will be held at the Good Zoo on Saturday, April 27 at 1:30 p.m. The meeting will include photographs, food, packing tips and provide answers to all questions!

Good Zoo at Oglebay Offers Exclusive Safari to Tanzania

Penny Miller, Director of the Good Zoo at Oglebay, with several members of a Maasai village during a safari in Africa. The zoo is offering another exclusive safari to Tanzania this fall that will include some of the best wildlife spotting on the continent.

The Good Zoo is offering an exclusive safari to Tanzania. The trip will be fully escorted by Penny Miller, Director of the Good Zoo, from October 27 to November 8, 2013.  “This trip will allow you to discover quintessential African landscapes when you explore Tanzania, the perfect East African destination for any traveler with an open mind and heart to experiencing wildlife and culture, past and present,” said Miller. “A relaxed attitude combined with some of the best wildlife spotting on the continent is within affordable reach.”  Miller has led previous zoo safaris to Kenya, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia.


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.  Visitors can expect to see a variety of wildlife including buffalo, wildebeest, impala, giraffe, zebra, black-maned lions, black rhinos and the elusive tree-climbing lions with glimpses of leopard, cheetah, hyena, jackal, elephant, and warthog. 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.


Good Zoo at Oglebay Offers Exclusive Safari to TanzaniaInclusions to the safari:

  • Flights within Africa as specified. On the main safari in Tanzania: Serengeti to Arusha. On the extension, flight between Arusha/Zanzibar.
  • Superior accommodations throughout.
  • All meals on safari in Tanzania as well as in Zanzibar.
  • All wildlife viewing by private 4X4 vehicle with photo roof, driven by a naturalist guide. A window seat is guaranteed.
  • Visit to a Maasai village.
  • Complimentary bottled water in vehicles and during meals.
  • Professional naturalist will accompany the group with 10 travelers on the main safari.
  • Penny Miller will accompany the group with a minimum 10 travelers on the main tour and 6 travelers on the extension.
  • All applicable hotel and lodge taxes and gratuities.
  • All park entry fees.
  • Complimentary passport wallets and luggage tags.


Good Zoo at Oglebay Offers Exclusive Safari to TanzaniaThe cost of the trip is $5,695 per person for double occupancy plus $2,200 per person for round trip air from Pittsburgh.  An optional six day extension to Zanzibar from November 7 to 12, 2013 is an additional $2,195 per person.


For the full itinerary and to make reservations visit the Good Zoo website or contact Penny Miller at the Good Zoo by calling 304-243-4027.

Capture the Wild Photography Contest Winners Announced

Photography Contest at Good Zoo

The winning photos from the Good Zoo’s “Capture the Wild” Photography Contest will be on display August 10 through September 10 in the zoo’s lobby. 129 total entries were received and the zoo is already planning for next year’s contest.

Good Zoo staff announced today the winners of their first “Capture the Wild” photography contest. Nine winners and 12 honorable mentions were chosen from 129 entries in child, youth and adult categories. Local residents and Oglebay guests from as far away as Illinois entered the contest.


“Nature photography is a wonderful way for kids and adults to appreciate nature in all of it strange and beautiful forms. The fact that we had so many entries the first year, and that 68 entries were from children and teens absolutely thrills me,” said Penny Miller, Director of the Good Zoo.


Contest judges were Caren Knoyer, Oglebay’s Director of Marketing, local nature photographer Bill Beatty from Wild and Natural, and Gary Zearott of Zee Photography.


“It was encouraging to see the participation of youths of different ages, most are in the early stages of understanding the complexity of photography,” Zearott said.


Beatty added, “The quality of the photography was impressive.  I was pleasantly surprised by the photography abilities of the younger, under 18, categories especially the under 12, child category.  It made judging more of a challenge.”


Adult winners in first and second place was Bill Brezinski, and third place, Tom Johnston; Youth winners were Veronica  Chapman Casey, Emily Street and Michaela Fisk, and child winners were Danika Vrtar, Gabriel Larance, and Lillian Kuzma. Nine entrants won honorable mentions: Daniel O’Leary, Becky Kuzma, Carmen Heil, Jarrett Galloway, Brandon DeLaratta, Austin Douglass, Bill Brezinski, Veronica Chapman Casey, and Gabriel Larance.


The winning photographs will be on display to the public August 10through the September 10 in the Good Zoo entry building lobby. A reception will be held for all contest entrants on August 11 at 1:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served at the reception and all photographs entered in the contest will be on display to entrants and the general public on the day of the reception.


Miller said the Good Zoo will definitely offer a Photography Contest next year.


The Good Zoo is currently open Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Admission is $8.00 for adults, $5.50 for ages 3-12, and free to members and ages 2 and under. For more information call the Good Zoo office at 304-243-4030 or visit