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Gillian Cardwell, Trip Host

Gillian is a self proclaimed elephant addict, but her enthusiasm and genuine love of nature (fortified by her Zoology degree) doesn’t stop there. She has been working in the Education department of the Calgary Zoo for 22 years and has invented and presented hundreds of programs for all ages, most notably “In the Heat of the Night” Valentine’s show, Zoo Sleepovers, Calgary Zoo Speaker’s bureau, and corporate teambuilders.

Gillian has led Zoofaris to Ecuador, including the Galapagos Islands & Amazon jungle, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe prior to having her two children. She returned to the Zoofari program hosting a Zoofari to Botswana, Namibia & Zimbabwe, eager to share her knowledge and love of nature, big and small. When travelling with Gillian be prepared for enthusiasm, a positive attitude, a grand adventure and memories to last a lifetime!

"Gillian was superb. She made the trip; brought together a group of strangers; Excellent at everything. Use her again!!"

"Gillian was wonderful! She looked after all the details, allowing me to sit back and enjoy the journey. She was also excellent at identifying the wildlife we saw, especially the birds"


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