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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Frequently Asked Questions

2017 Spring Break Camp

2017 Spring Break Camp is FULL. Summer Camp registration is still open.

March 13-17, 2017
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. Registration deadline is March 10.

2017 Summer Camp Schedule

Week Age Theme
June 12-16 6-8 Slimy, Scaly, Creepy, Crawly
June 19-23 9-12 Global Trek
June 26-30 6-8 Wild About Art
July 3-7 -- No Camp - July 4th Week
July 10-14 9-12 Adapted for Survival
July 17-21 6-8 Junior Zoo Keeper
July 24-28 9-12 Junior Zoo Keeper
July 31-Aug 4 6-8 Animal Play Days
Aug 7-11 9-12 ZSI: Investigate the Animal World

Slimy, Scaly, Creepy, Crawly        June 12-16 (ages 6-8)

This week is all about creepy-crawlies! From snakes and lizards to turtles and toads, we’re talking about the world of reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Meet the Zoo’s tarantulas, learn how to feed a snake, and get up close and personal with a giant tortoise. Cold-blooded crafts and behind-the-scenes tours of the Herpetarium round out this week of slimy, scaly fun.

Global Trek         June 19-23 (ages 9-12)

Go around the globe in just five days. We’ll explore the habitats and animals of six different continents. Learn how to say “Hello!” in new languages, find out why some animals are important to different cultures, and make nature-based crafts that are unique to different parts of the world! You can become a world traveler without ever leaving the Zoo.

Wild About Art  June 26-40 (ages 6-8)

The colors, patterns, and movement of the natural world have been inspiring artists for thousands of years. We’ll use that inspiration to create our own works of art! Learn about animal movement, get a first-hand look at the colors, patterns, and even textures animals use, and meet amazing animal ambassadors.

Adapted for Survival       July 10-14 (ages 9-12)

It’s wild out there! We’re going into survival mode this week and learning how animals use defense mechanisms- both to hunt for a meal and to stay off the menu. From camouflage to lures, many animals have unique adaptations that help them survive. We’ll mimic these tactics with games, crafts, and other fun activities.

Junior Zoo Keeper           July 17-21 (ages 6-8), July 24-28 (ages 9-12)

Our classic summer camp is perfect for those aspiring to become zoo keepers! Go behind the scenes and learn what it takes to keep dozens of animals healthy and active. You’ll help design enrichment activities, clean exhibits, and learn how to make diets for a variety of animals. Between zoo keeping tasks, crafts and games will keep the fun going!

Animal Play Days              July 31-August 4 (ages 6-8)

It’s all fun and games this week- for the animals, that is! Enrichment is an important part of a zoo keeper’s job and campers will help design and create enrichment activities for a variety of zoo animals. Campers will use their imaginations and the help of camp instructors and keepers to make puzzle feeders, foraging toys, and other fun items all week long, as well as their own games and crafts to take home.

ZSI: Investigate the Animal World             August 7-11 (ages 9-12)

The animal world is full of mysteries and we’re going to work together as a team to investigate them! Animals leave clues that can be followed, so grab your magnifying glass and your notepad and follow that trail. We’ll investigate a different crime scene each day and meet animals along the way. Who disturbed that nest? Who tipped over the trash can? Let’s investigate together!

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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