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Want to know more about the different themes for our 2023 Summer Zoo Camps? Read all about them below!


Reptiles, Mammals and Birds Oh My!

Get ready to embark on an epic journey into the animal kingdom like never before. Whether you're fascinated by slithering snakes, furry mammals, or majestic birds, this camp has it all!

Campers will have a blast exploring the diverse world of creatures that crawl, hop, swim, and soar. Join us as we venture into the wilderness to learn about the secrets of reptiles, from snakes with a bad reputation to ancient tortoises. Get up close and personal with mammals, from cheeky lemurs to cuddly bunnies. And marvel at the breathtaking beauty of birds, from colorful parrots to regal birds of prey.

Join us in exploring the wild and wonderful world of animals! Who said learning about science couldn't be wildly fun?


Wild Senses & Crazy Defenses

Join us as we dive into the sensory world of animals, from keen-eyed eagles to sharp-eared foxes. Campers will learn how animals use their senses of sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch to navigate their environments, find food, and communicate with each other. Get up close and personal with amazing creatures and discover the secrets behind their extraordinary senses!

But that's not all! Campers will also explore the wacky and wonderful ways animals defend themselves from predators and adapt to their surroundings. From camouflaging chameleons to venomous snakes, from spiky porcupines to trickster octopuses, animals have developed some truly crazy defenses to survive in the wild. Campers will uncover the secrets behind these mind-boggling adaptations and discover the unique and sometimes hilarious ways animals protect themselves from danger.

With zoo educators and keepers as their guides, campers will engage in hands-on activities, play fun games, and take part in exciting animal encounters. They'll even have the chance to create their own animal defenses and put them to the test in interactive challenges! It's an immersive and unforgettable experience that will awaken their senses and spark their curiosity about the amazing world of animals.


Complete Zootrition

This camp is the ultimate experience for animal enthusiasts who are hungry for knowledge about animal nutrition! Campers will discover the secrets of animal nutrition, from the picky eaters to the voracious hunters of the animal kingdom. They'll learn about the diverse diets of animals, from herbivores to carnivores, and everything in between. Campers will explore how different animals have adapted to their unique environments and developed specialized eating habits to thrive in the wild.

Campers will also have the opportunity to meet and greet some of the zoo's most unique and interesting residents. They'll observe animals during feeding times and learn from expert zookeepers about how their diets are carefully curated to meet their specific nutritional needs. Campers will get hands-on experience with preparing animal diets, creating enrichment treats, and even participate in feeding select Texas Zoo residents!

Complete Zootrition is the perfect camp for aspiring animal nutritionists, future zookeepers, and animal lovers of all kinds. Join us for an unforgettable camp experience that will nourish both mind and body, and leave campers with a newfound appreciation for the vital role of nutrition in the lives of animals.


Colors of the Wild

Colors of the Wild is the most vibrant and creative Zoo Camp experience for budding artists and nature lovers alike! Join us as we explore the breathtaking beauty of the animal kingdom through the lens of art and unleash our imagination in the wild. 

Campers will embark on a colorful journey to discover the artistic wonders of nature. From the bold stripes of a majestic tiger to the dazzling hues of a tropical bird, campers will learn about the amazing diversity of colors in the animal world and how animals use them for camouflage, communication, and survival. Additionally, campers will also explore the role of art in animal conservation and learn how artists use their talent to raise awareness about endangered species and their habitats. Discover the power of art as a tool for advocacy and the importance of preserving the natural world that inspires creativity.

Whether they're painting a rainbow of butterflies or sketching a playful pack of wolves, Colors of the Wild is a camp where campers can let their creativity run wild in the natural beauty of the animal kingdom. Join us for an unforgettable camp experience where art meets nature and imagination knows no bounds!


Zoo Careers

Discover the amazing world of zookeeping and animal care! Join us for a hands-on, behind-the-scenes experience that will introduce campers to the fascinating careers that make a zoo come to life. Campers will step into the shoes of zookeepers and animal care specialists as they learn about the day-to-day operations of a modern zoo. From feeding and enrichment to habitat maintenance and animal behavior, campers will get an up-close look at the diverse roles and responsibilities of zoo professionals.

Campers will have the opportunity to meet and interact with a variety of zoo animals, from furry mammals to scaly reptiles and everything in between. They'll learn about the unique needs and behaviors of different species and discover how zoos play a critical role in conservation and education.

With hands-on activities, behind-the-scenes tours, and interactive learning, Zoo Careers Camp is the perfect camp for kids who are passionate about animals and interested in pursuing a career in zoology, animal care, or conservation. Join us for an unforgettable camp experience that will ignite a lifelong love for animals and inspire the zookeepers and conservationists of tomorrow!


Envirosafe 101

This is the ultimate camp for young eco-warriors who are eager to learn about the environment and how to protect it! Join us for an adventure-packed camp where kids can discover the wonders of nature, learn about environmental conservation, and become champions of a greener, more sustainable world. 

From exploring local ecosystems to learning about endangered species, campers will gain a deeper understanding of the delicate balance of our planet's natural resources and how to protect them.

Campers will also participate in fun and educational activities that promote eco-friendly practices, such as recycling, reducing waste, and conserving energy. They'll learn about the impact of pollution and a changing climate have on our planet, and discover how small changes in their daily habits can make a big difference in preserving the environment for future generations.


It's Kind of a "Bug" Deal

The most buzz-worthy Zoo Camp for young nature enthusiasts who are fascinated by the world of insects and other creepy crawlies! Join us for a thrilling adventure where kids can explore the fascinating world of bugs, learn about their incredible diversity, and discover their essential role in our ecosystem.

Campers will have the opportunity to meet a variety of bugs up close, from colorful butterflies to fascinating beetles, and learn about their unique adaptations, behaviors, and habitats.

Campers will also engage in exciting bug-themed activities, such as bug hunts, insect identification, and bug-themed crafts. They'll learn about the important role insects play in pollination, decomposition, and food webs, and how they contribute to the balance of nature.

With interactive lessons, engaging games, and close encounters with insects, "It's Kind of a 'Bug' Deal" is the perfect camp for kids who are curious about the smallest creatures that have a big impact on our world. Join us for a fun-filled camp that will spark a lifelong fascination with bugs and foster a deeper appreciation for the intricate web of life in the natural world!


Dewberry's Texas Time Travel

Accompany our Texas Zoo mascot, Dewberry, on an epic journey through time to discover the incredible wildlife that has called Texas home throughout history! Join us for an exciting adventure that will take campers from the prehistoric era to the present day, as they learn about the diverse fauna that has inhabited the Lone Star State.

Campers will go on a thrilling expedition through time, starting with the ancient creatures that roamed Texas millions of years ago. They'll learn about dinosaurs, giant sloths, saber-toothed cats, and other prehistoric beasts that once ruled the land.

As the journey through time continues, campers will discover how Texas has changed over the years and how its native species have evolved. They'll learn about the iconic animals that have become synonymous with the state, such as armadillos, longhorns, bobcats, and more.

Through interactive lessons, hands-on activities, and up-close encounters with live animals, campers will gain a deeper appreciation for the rich biodiversity of Texas and the importance of conservation efforts to protect its native species.