Camps

Spring & Summer Zoofari CampsChildren with summer camp craft

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.

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Time: 9am-3pm
Extended care is available for an additional fee.
Fees: 
Spring Break Camp: $35/day OR $150/week
Summer Camps: $150/week

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Camp Policies

Frequently Asked Questions

Spring Break Camp

Spring 2018 Date TBD
Ages: 7-12
Campers are sure to get their hands dirty in this hands-on camp, where teamwork and education are the focus. Campers will take part in many activities including animal husbandry, feeding, and training. Register by the day or for the week.

Summer Camp

2017 Summer Zoofari Camps have concluded. Keep an eye out for 2018 Spring Zoofari Camp!

This summer, our campers had the following wild adventures:

  • Behind-the-scenes tours of the Herpetarium and Cat Management Building
  • Creating enrichment for our lions, tigers, parrots, monkeys and many other animals
  • Chances to meet our awesome animal care staff and get insider information on animal care
  • Hands-on encounters with our education animals and hoofstock
  • Nature and animal themed crafts to take home
  • And so much more!

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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Come visit us!

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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