Camps

Summer Safari Camps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Play. Learn. Explore. Experience the Animal World!

Spend the week at the wildest place in town! Five days filled with loads of activities, opportunities for exploration and learning, and terrific fun! Each day campers will explore the world of wildlife through arts, crafts, outdoor games, and hands-on activities. Meet animal care experts, take behind the scenes tours, and see animals up-close.  Each camp week is limited to 15 campers so register early! Advance registration is required.

Time: 9am-3pm
Fees:
 $150/week

Extended Care Fees:

  • Before Care (7:30am-9:00am): $25/wk
  • After Care (3:00pm-5:00pm): $25/wk       
  • Before & After Care: $50/wk

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Camp Policies

Frequently Asked Questions

Summer Camp

Team Carnivore
June 11-15, Ages 10-12
Is your child on Team Carnivore?
Your child will explore the world of carnivores as Zoo Educators lead them on an adventure to see a carnivore eat with no hands or feet. Their journey will continue behind the scenes to learn how our Zoo Keepers take care of our largest and smallest carnivores. Meet some of our meat-eating animal  ambassadors up close and discover what helps them survive at the top of the food chain.

Hungry Hungry Herbivore
June 18-22, Ages 7-9
Veggies are an important part of anyone’s diet! Did you know even Zoo animals need to eat their veggies? We’ll learn about the animals that LOVE to eat theirs! We’ll feed the Zoo’s biggest herbivores and watch our heaviest and smallest animals get a special treat.

Zoo Keeper in Training
June 25-29, Ages 10-12
Does your child want to be a Zoo Keeper? Find out if they’ve got what it takes in this adventure-packed week! They will explore behind-the-scenes to learn what a Zoo Keeper’s unique chores are. Campers will have a busy morning as we prepare animal meals and treats, diagnose an animal as they view animal x-rays, and even clean exhibits. Leave your best clothes at home and come prepared to get down and dirty at the Zoo! 

Animal Grossology
July 2-6, Ages 7-9
Spend a week learning about the wacky, wild, crazy, yucky and gross biology of the animal kingdom! Campers will have fun learning about these animals where kids will go from EWWW to COOL in this hands on, engrossing week of delight!

Zoo Vet Camp!
July 9-13, Ages 10-12
Help take care of the Zoo’s animals! Jr. Zoo Vet campers explore the basic vet techniques from making healthy diets, monitoring behavior and performing health checkups. Discover the ins and outs of animal health and learn how our Zoo staff  take care of our animals every day!

Junior Zookeeper
July 16-20, Ages 7-9
Join us for this exciting camp where we will discover what it takes to be a zookeeper. Campers are introduced to zoo keeping and animal nutrition, learn about animals, create enrichment and help tidy up some animal areas.

Fantastic Beasts
July 23-27, Ages 10-12
Join us for a journey through the magic and myth to discover fantastic beasts from legend and lore and their real life counterparts. Meet Bigfoot, the Abominable Snowman, examine a unicorn horn and more as you discover the word of  undiscovered beasts.

ZOO-mazing Race
July 30 – August 3, Ages 7-9
Become world travelers as we learn about animals and cultures from around the globe. Discovery activities, science experiments, and special animal experiences make this a fun way to fill your Zoo passport to discovery. 

Comanche Moon
August 6-10 (Fee $250.00) Ages 10-12
Take a journey back in history and learn about the Comanche and Kiowa that lived in the Texas  Panhandle. Explore the legends and listen to the stories of the animals that they encountered. An overnight on Friday night is included in this camp. Camp ends at 9:00 a.m. Saturday.

 

 

Camper parents had a lot to say about Zoofari Camp as well:

"Thank you for a wonderful learning experience for our child. Everyone on staff was amazing. The patience they had for the questions. They did an amazing job of keeping them entertained with all the rainy days. This was my daughter's second year, and she loves it."

"The staff are always so kind!"

"We really enjoy this camp and continuing to build an ongoing relationship with the Zoo! Thank You!"

"Her favorite camp all summer! She loved Miss Brett and Miss Savannah."

"We love Zoo camp! The girls running this camp are awesome! I love all the animal facts the kids are learning!"

"This is my son's 3rd summer to attend zoo camp and he will be back next summer. He always enjoys the activities and learning about the animals. Thank you!"

"She has come home excited every day and looks forward to coming each day. She has loved it all"

Questions

Answers

How do I register my child for a camp?

Camp registration can be done online here. Once the online form is submitted, you'll be contacted within 72 hours to confirm the registration. The confirmation will also include payment instructions and a Camp Zoofari Packet that contains additional information and all required forms.

What forms do I need to fill out?

After registering for a camp, parents will need to fill out the following forms and bring them on the first day. These forms will also be included with the confirmation email and packet.

Liability Waiver
Gift of Right of Publicity
Personal Information Sheet
Camper Check In/Out Form

What does my child need to bring?

Download the Safari Camp Packet for more information about what to wear, what to bring, and what to leave at home.

Do I need to pack a lunch for my child?

We do not have refrigeration capabilities for camp lunches. Please prepare non-perishable items for your child to eat. Zoo lunches are also available for you to purchase. These include a hotdog, soft drink and chips for $4.00. You must pre-pay for these lunches. Morning and afternoon healthy snacks (snack crackers/pretzels and fruit or vegetables) will be offered each day. Water and lemonade will be available each day for campers. Soft drink vending machines are also  available.

 

Which animals will my child interact with?

Campers learn about most of the animals in the Zoo through tours and behind the scenes experiences. Due to safety concerns, campers are not allowed into most of the exhibits. Some animals they may interact with include our education animals (birds, small mammals, reptiles, and invertebrates) and some of our small hoofstock (donkeys, sheep, goats, etc.). Campers do not interact directly with primates or carnivores.

Can my child bring a friend to camp?

Safari camps are only for children who are preregistered and paid for. Any parent with child that meets the age requirements is welcome to register if spaces are available and the registration deadline has not passed. Please coordinate with other parents if your child wishes to attend during the same week as a friend or classmate.

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The Amarillo Zoo is located in Thompson Park. Take Hwy 287 North off of I-40, take the N. 24th Ave. exit and go West, turn right into Thompson Park and follow the signs to the Zoo parking lot.

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