Summer Zoo Camp at the Buffalo Zoo is wilder than ever! Through games, songs, crafts, and close encounters with the animals, campers will explore extreme animals, tour the continents, and discover some of the ingenious ways animals get their food. 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


Please provide copy of Birth Certificate for registration purpose either by fax or mail.

Summer Zoo Camp Topics

Extreme Animals  (Week 1 and Week 5, July 7-11 & August 4-8)
Meet the most extreme animals on the planet! We’ll examine the weirdest of the weird this week - from animals that dwell in the deepest ocean depths, to the oddities lurking in your own backyard.

Zoo-Pourri (Week 2 and Week 6, July 14-18 & August 11-15)
Why learn about just one topic when you can cover five completely different ones?! The week’s topics will include Busy Bugs, Creatures of the Night, Animal Architects, the Scoop on Poop, and Monkey Mania.

Cruisin’ the Continents  (Week 3 and Week 7, July 21-25 & August 18-22)
Take a global adventure with us as we explore the animals and habitats of Earth’s seven continents.

The Hunger Games (Week 4 Only, July 28-August 1)
Animals have some very innovative ways of finding and capturing food. This week will be a series of challenges designed to test campers’ knowledge and skills against the most adept hunters and gatherers of the animal kingdom.

** 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
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 am and be picked up at the same entrance at 3:00 p.m. 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 that their child remains at the zoo.

Appropriate clothing must be worn. This includes sturdy shoes and appropriate outerwear labeled with the camper's name.  Each camper will receive a camp t-shirt courtesy of the Buffalo Zoo 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. Students 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
To register for the Summer Zoo Camp, complete the application indicating whether you are registering for one week, or more. Be sure to indicate all of your choices.

Become a Zoo Member and save on Summer Zoo Camp fees. For information on Zoo Membership, call 995-6131.

Registration fee:

MULTIPLE WEEK & CHILD DISCOUNT-Receive a five (5) percent discount if you register for multiple weeks and/or if you have multiple children enrolled.

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 CLICK HERE 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 $25/week

After Care from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. add $25/week






How to register…
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) Download an On-line registration form
Click here to download form

b) 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!

Registration must be received at least ten (10) days prior to the first day of the camp week your child is registering for. Registrations received after that deadline will be assessed a late processing fee of $15. If you are registering after this deadline, please call 995-6128 to ensure there are still spots in that week available.

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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