2020 Wild Animal Science Camps

  Important Information for Junior and Senior Wild Animal Science Camps

Campers will engage in some of the same activities that guide the Zoo's field biologists when they work in the wild to save free-ranging elephants, gorillas, salamanders, and more. Among other things, campers learn how camera traps and other technologies can be used to uncover information about native wildlife and the Zoo's exotic animals. Students spend the night inside the Zoo, sleeping in tents next to the rhinoceros habitat. During the evening hours, campers tour the Park to learn some techniques that researchers use to study animals at night.

Junior Camp dates for 2019 are June 20-21 and September 12-13

Senior Camp dates are June 27-28

All camps are co-educational.

Camp Size
Each camp is limited to 16 campers.

Selection Process
Campers meeting all application requirements below are admitted on a first-come/first-served basis.

All applicants must:

  • Have a grade point average of "B" or higher in academic courses;
  • Be able to secure a recommendation from a science teacher or career counselor;
  • Complete the online Wild Animal Camp Application (opens in new tab/window);
  • Mail or FAX the Wild Animal Camp Health Form to the NC Zoo Society office
  • Pay the $5 application processing fee

Questions/More Information
Please contact zoocamps@nczoo.com with any questions regarding wild animal camps.

A draft schedule for camps will be available later.

Camp fees cover all expenses. The estimated cost of goods and services for this camp is $30. All or nearly all of the remaining cost should be tax-deductible as a donation to the NC Zoo Society. Donations support Zoo wildlife conservation projects.

Junior Wild Animal Science Camps

  • Camp Tuition
    • $449 for NC Zoo Society Members
    • $499 for non-members
  • Camp Dates
    • June 20-21, 2020
    • September 13-14, 2020
  • Junior Animal Science Camps are for rising 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th graders

Junior Wild Animal Science Camp Resources


Senior Wild Animal Science Camp

  • Camp Tuition
    • $449 for NC Zoo Society Members
    • $499 for non-members
  • Camp Date
    • June 27-28, 2020  .
  • Senior Wild Animal Science Camps are for rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders, and for rising college freshmen

Senior Wild Animal Science Camp Resources