So, You Think You Want to Work With Animals!

Nurture Your Middle-schooler's Love of Animals -

A one-day camp for Middle School girls and boys who love animals.This camp begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. and will give campers a whirlwind tour of some of the fascinating careers available to people who want to work with, or for, animals. A fun day learning about what it is like to be a veterinarian, conservation biologist, naturalist, animal behaviorist, animal keeper or wildlife educator. 

What you will do at camp…

* You will spend two hours at the Zoo’s Veterinary Hospitals learning a bit about what it takes to treat sick animals.

  You will leave knowing…

....the basics of giving a physical exam and bandaging sick animals; what it feels like to shoot a dart gun to anesthetize a wild animal; how to administer CPR and other first aid actions to sick animals.

* You will spend an hour learning some of the basics of training animals using positive reinforcement.

   You will leave knowing... the Zoo's bird keepers train their animals to cooperate in their own care; how to use positive reinforcement to build trust with an animal; some of the amazing things birds can learn from their keepers.

  * You will spend two hours learning how biologists study wild animals living free in the wild.

  You will leave knowing …

how to use camera traps and radio tracking to spy on animals; how to read habitats; how to recognize footprints for some families of animals (Dog, Cats, and Rabbits) and a few species of animals (coyote, domestic dog and cat, bobcat, possum, and racoon.)

* You will spend two hours delving into the working life of a zookeeper.

You will leave knowing…

...some of the basics of handling and caring for wild animals; what is involved in building trust with animals in your care; what it would like to teach other people about wildlife; how you can become an ambassador for wildlife.

Application Process

Camp Tuition is $317 for Zoo Society members and $368 for non-members
The majority of camp fees are tax-deductible as a donation to the North Carolina Zoo Society
Camp fees may be paid in installments.

All applicants must provide the following:

  • A current transcript or report card showing a minimum "B" grade point average;
  • The name/phone number of a veterinarian, science teacher or homeroom teacher to serve as a reference;
  • A completed 2017 So You Want to Work with Animals application form (opens in new tab/window);
  • A mailed or FAX copy of the So, You Want To Work with Animals Health Form;
  • A $5 application processing fee: Pay online here.

Acceptance Procedure

Campers will be Accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. Applications must be complete before a camper is accepted.

If you have questions, please call Debbie Story (363-879-7274) or Jayne Parker (336-879-7273) to find answers.