Summer Zoo Camp at the Buffalo Zoo is wilder than ever! Through games, songs, crafts and close encounters with the animals, campers will explore animal superheroes and villains, tour the biomes of the world, and discover some of the most talented members of the animal kingdom. With multiple weeks to choose from, make sure your camper doesn’t miss any of these exciting new camp experiences!

Days: Monday through Friday
Times: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Explorer Groups:
Ages 5 - 6
Rhinos: Ages 7- 8
Elephants: Ages 9 -12
Cub Camp: Ages 3 – 5

Summer Zoo Camp Topics

Superheroes & Villains
Week 1 and Week 5, July 6-10 & August 3-7
Have you ever noticed how many superheroes are based on animals? We’ll explore the science and animal connections behind our favorite superheroes (and villains!) and then create some new ones of our own.

Week 2 and Week 6, July 13-17 & August 10-14
Travel the globe with us as we bounce from desert to grassland to rainforest and discover the unique characteristics and animal life found within the biomes of the world.

Animal Kingdom’s Got Talent
Week 3 and Week 7, July 20-24 & August 17-21
Meet the performers of the Animal Kingdom – singers, dancers, musicians, artists, painters, and impressionists. Throughout the week we’ll have special activities designed to bring out the hidden/untapped talents of our campers and counselors.

NEW! Cub Camp
Week 4 Only, July 27-31
During this special week our youngest campers – ages 3-5 – rule the roost! With shorter camp days and no big kids around to get in our way this camp is perfect for potty-trained pre-schoolers and slightly older campers who may not be ready for a full day camp just yet. This summer we will be exploring animal groups: mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, and insects. Campers can expect the same excitement that our older campers experience just in a shorter day. Each camp day will include animal encounters, tours of the Zoo, crafts, games, and story time. Campers may choose the morning (9-11:30) or afternoon (1-3:30) session that best fits their needs.

** To provide a stimulating environment for campers, we recommend that campers avoid repeating weeks.  The curriculum and activities for those weeks will be identical.

General Information
Full-Day Camp Arrival/Departure times are 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. respectively. Campers must arrive at the Zoo School entrance on Meadow Drive by 9:00 a.m. and be picked up at the same entrance at 3:00 p.m.

Cub Camp Arrival/Departure times are: 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. respectively for morning session; 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. respectively for afternoon session.

Campers will not be allowed to leave the Zoo without a parent or guardian signing for their child. Please be prepared to show ID upon request.

To better accommodate the needs of our campers’ parents, we do offer a fee-based *Before and After Care Program between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. sharp. Please be respectful of the drop-off and pick-up times of this program. Parents will be assessed a fee of $5.00 for every 5 minutes past 5:00 p.m. that their child remains at the Zoo. (* Sorry, Before and After Care options are not available for Cub Camp week.)

Appropriate clothing must be worn. This includes sturdy shoes and appropriate outerwear labeled with the camper’s name. Each full-day camper will receive a camp t-shirt at the beginning of each week of camp. Campers are encouraged to wear their t-shirts for the remainder of the week.

Activities will include a combination of exhibit visits, animal information, games, songs, stories, activities and live animal contact. Campers will have the opportunity to interact with a variety of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and arthropods from our Education Department animal collection. This provides each camper with the experience and thrill of live animal contact under well supervised conditions.

NO LUNCHES OR SNACKS ARE PROVIDED due to individual food preferences, allergies and dietary restrictions. Campers must bring a bag lunch and snack each day. Please note: due to the potential for severe allergic reactions, peanuts and tree nut products are not allowed at camp.

Any additional questions or information should be directed to the Education Department at (716) 995-6128.

Registration Information
– Register by Friday, May 1st, 2015 and deduct $20.00 from the total camp registration fee (per family deduction, not per child). Early bird registration must be postmarked by Friday, May 1st to be eligible for this discount.

MULTIPLE WEEK & CHILD DISCOUNT – Receive a discount if you register for multiple weeks and/or if you have multiple children enrolled. Multiple week/child discounts will not be applied to weeks added after initial registration.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS may be available to a limited number of applicants thanks to a grant from the Children’s Foundation of Erie County. To request more information, please call (716) 995-6124, or download a scholarship application from our website www.buffalozoo.org/zoo_camps.html. Scholarships are awarded for one week of camp only and only one per household. or CLICK HERE Acrobat-logo to download Scholarship Application

Single Child Enrollment

Multiple Child Enrollment





Single Week

$162 per child

$180 per child

$154 per child

$172 per child

Multiple Weeks

$154 per week

$172 per week

$147 per child/week

$165 per child/week

Before Care from 7:45 - 9:00 a.m. add $30/week

After Care from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. add $30/week








Single Child Enrollment

Multiple Child Enrollment





Cub Camp

$120 per child

$135 per child

$115 per child

$130 per child

Sorry, Before and After Care options not available for Cub Camp week







COPIES OF BIRTH CERTIFICATES AND PROOF OF IMMUNIZATION MUST BE PROVIDED BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF CAMP. CAMPERS WITHOUT AGE AND IMMUNIZATION PROOF WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN CAMP. Birth certificates and immunization records may be included with paper registration, e-mailed to the camp director ethompson@buffalozoo.org, faxed to (716) 995-6125, or mailed to: Summer Zoo Camp, Buffalo Zoo, 300 Parkside Ave., Buffalo, NY 14214.

How to register...
Download an On-line registration form

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A) Mail your registration - Payment MUST accompany your registration and may be made in cash, by check, American Express, MasterCard, Visa or Discover. Please make checks payable to the Zoological Society of Buffalo. Mail the completed form and registration fee to:

Education Department/Summer Zoo Camp
Buffalo Zoo
300 Parkside Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14214-1999

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B) Fax your registration - You may also fax completed registration with credit card payment to
(716) 995-6125.

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C) Register on-line CLICK HERE

LATE REGISTRATION-Registration must be received at least ten (10) days prior to the first day of camp. Registrations received after that deadline will be assessed a late processing fee of $15.00.

Only completed registration forms will be accepted — this includes the parental release form.  Your camper is considered enrolled in the Summer Zoo Camp once you have received a written confirmation letter from the Buffalo Zoo. Once the Zoo has received a completed registration and payment for Camp, a confirmation letter will be sent out within one to two weeks.

To provide the campers with individual attention, group size is limited. Register early to save your camper’s spot!

Cancellation requests must be made in writing at least one week prior to the start of the Summer Zoo Camp to receive a refund. All refunds will be assessed one administrative charge of $25Fees will NOT be refunded for any reason after the first day of camp.

Any additional questions or information should be directed to the Education Department at (716) 995-6128.



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