Safari Camp
Zookeeper Camps
Zookeeper Camps introduce campers to the needs of animals and the complexities of animal care. Campers have the opportunity to explore all types of animals and learn about their health, behavior, nutrition and welfare. All of the camps include an interaction with a member of the animal care staff for an authentic experience and insider information.

Each Zookeeper Camp will end with a Summer Safari Camp Showcase on Friday afternoon, giving caregivers a chance to view their camper's work.

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Zookeeper K: Sense-ational Animals!
 
Our kindergarten campers have the opportunity to see like an insect and hear like a zebra as they explore their five senses during this half-day, weeklong camp. Through hikes, crafts and activities, we will have fun while learning about sight, sound, touch, smell and taste and have a chance to ride the Carousel. Campers create their own animal puppet and show it off during a puppet show at the end of the week!

All kindergarten campers should be five years old before September 1, 2019.

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$135.00
Zookeeper K: World Travelers
 
Grab your passport and get ready to go! During this half-day, weeklong camp for children entering kindergarten, campers have the opportunity to learn about animals from all over the world without ever leaving the Zoo! A "Junior Z" paper doll is their trusty travel companion while they walk and ride the train around the Zoo.

All kindergarten campers should be five years old before September 1, 2019.

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$135.00
Zookeeper 1: Junior Zookeeper
 
Campers entering first grade learn the basics of animal care during this weeklong camp as they explore the animal habitats throughout the Zoo. They "adopt" a pet rock and create a suitable habitat in which it can live, while learning about animal needs. Zoo professionals meet with the campers to share their expertise throughout the week and campers take a ride on the train. Rocks and habitats are displayed at our Showcase on Friday.

When multiple classes of this camp are offered during the same week, they are designated A and B.

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$275.00
Zookeeper 2: Feeding Frenzy
 
It's Feeding Time! As campers entering second grade spend the week exploring the Zoo, they learn about the wild diets of the animals and how we best replicate them at the Zoo. They go behind the scenes to help our zookeepers prepare animal meals and also take a glimpse at the workings of the Arctic Cafe to see how we prepare snacks for humans as well. These campers will also have the experience of riding the Carousel.

When multiple classes of this camp are offered during the same week, they are designated A and B.

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$275.00
Zookeeper 3: Avian Adventures
 
Campers entering third grade explore the Zoo this week, focusing on the amazing adaptations and needs of our many different types of birds. Penguins and flamingos, owls and pygmy geese all require different care and campers get the chance to meet zookeepers familiar with these feathered friends. An experience in the Wild Adventure 4-D Theater will provide campers with a three-dimensional nature film adventure mixed with scents, wind, water and more. All campers use their knowledge about adaptations and their imaginations to create their own species of bird that is displayed at the Showcase on Friday.

When multiple classes of this camp are offered during the same week, they are designated A and B.

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$275.00
Zookeeper 4: Herpetologist
 
Campers entering fourth grade explore the Zoo this week, zeroing in on the scaly and slimy world of reptiles and amphibians. These amazing animals have some specialized needs and adaptations that we learn about as we get a chance to go behind the scenes with a zookeeper. A ride in the Wild Adventure Simulator will provide excitement as campers experience an animated adventure. Campers hear the stories of some of the rescued animals at the Zoo and work as a team to create a unique digital storybook film of their own.

When multiple classes of this camp are offered during the same week, they are designated A and B.

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$275.00
Zookeeper 5: Mammal Mania
 
Campers entering fifth grade focus on mammals this week as they explore the Zoo. They experience the challenges and rewards of caring for the giraffes, tigers, bears and deer that call the Zoo home. Campers will go behind the scenes with a zookeeper and then become "Kid Keepers" as they share information on their favorite animals in a Kid Keeper Talk to the public. An experience in the Wild Adventure 4-D Theater will provide campers with a three-dimensional nature film adventure mixed with scents, winds, water and more.

When multiple classes of this camp are offered during the same week, they are designated A and B.

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$275.00
Zookeeper 6: Design-A-Zoo
 
As campers entering sixth grade explore the Zoo this week, they learn the many considerations that go into building a safe, naturalistic and exciting animal habitat. A ride in the Wild Adventure Simulator will provide excitement as campers experience an animated adventure. They travel behind the scenes with Zoo staff to investigate how we create our habitats, and then have a chance to design and create a model habitat of their own to be displayed at the Showcase on Friday.

When multiple classes of this camp are offered during the same week, they are designated A and B.

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$275.00
Zookeeper 7: Animal Behavior - PREMIUM CAMP
 
As campers entering seventh grade traverse the Zoo this week, they investigate the intriguing world of animal minds. How can we tell what an animal is feeling or thinking? How can we make sure it feels content, safe and not bored? Campers will learn more about animal behavior with a nature film experience in the Wild Adventure 4-D Theater including scents, winds, water and more. They will also go behind the scenes to learn some tips from our animal care staff and use their creativity to enhance the lives of some of the animals at the Zoo!
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$375.00
Zookeeper 8: Veterinary Medicine - PREMIUM CAMP
 
Campers entering eighth grade explore the Zoo this week, focusing on the science of veterinary medicine. They go behind the scenes at the Animal Health Complex to learn how our talented veterinary staff addresses the health needs of the many animals living at the Zoo through x-rays, bloodwork, ethograms, nursery care and more. A ride in the Wild Adventure Simulator will provide excitement as campers experience an animated adventure.
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$375.00
Animal Welfare Workshop
* All students enrolled in this workshop will need to provide proof of a negative TB test within the past year in order to participate in special behind-the-scenes experiences throughout the week.
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Animal Welfare Workshop - PREMIUM CAMP
 
This weeklong workshop gives high school students the unique chance to work with our Center for Zoo and Aquarium Animal Welfare and Ethics team. Participants explore the topic of zoo animal welfare by experiencing the Zoo through the eyes, ears and noses of the animals. All students enrolled in this workshop must provide proof of a negative TB test within the past year in order to participate in special behind-the-scenes experiences throughout the week. Students develop both a team project and an individual art piece that will be presented at the Showcase on Friday afternoon.
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$375.00
Twilight Trails
Our Twilight Trails camps give children the opportunity to explore the Zoo after it closes for the night!
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Twilight Trails I
 
When night comes, can you see as well as a tiger or hear as well as an owl? Children entering first and second grade will explore the heightened senses of nocturnal animals while hiking through the Zoo, and they will get the chance to test their sense of taste on delicious s'mores.
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$35.00
Twilight Trails II
 
Follow Zoo trails in the cooler twilight hours on a search for insects! Campers entering third and fourth grade enjoy an evening at the Zoo to see how animal behavior changes when the sun goes down and test their skills at firefly communication. The visit is complete with s'mores and a special craft.
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$35.00
Twilight Trails III
 
How are animals that are active at night different than those that are active during the day? Children entering fifth and sixth grade join us on a nocturnal adventure to learn more about these fascinating animals and the adaptations that help them to survive. Campers design their own night animal and enjoy a yummy s'mores snack.
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$35.00
Zoo Vet: Single Day Camps
Our Zoo Vet single-day camps explore the exciting world of zoo veterinary medicine.

When multiple classes of this camp are offered during the same week, they are designated A, B or C.

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Zoo Dentist (1-2)
 
With our campers entering first and second grade discovering some new teeth of their own, it's the perfect time to discover some amazing animal teeth as well. Do all animals have a set of baby teeth and adult teeth? Why do animal teeth vary so much in size and shape? Using magnifying lenses and microscopes, we examine some of the most interesting teeth in the animal world.
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$70.00
X-ploring X-Rays (3-4) SOLD OUT
 
Campers entering third and fourth grade explore animal anatomy through x-rays. We use actual case studies and exotic animal radiographs to show how x-rays are used to diagnose possible health problems at the Zoo.
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$70.00
Mock Surgery (5-6)
 
Time to scrub in! Our fifth and sixth grade campers hear stories from the surgical suite at the Zoo and practice surgical techniques in preparation for possible careers in veterinary medicine.
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$70.00
Grevy’s Anatomy (7-8)
 
Campers entering seventh and eighth grade explore internal anatomy as they move through a case study, diagnosing their sick patient and taking on the role of a medical specialist to perform mock laparoscopic surgery.
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$70.00
Zoo Science: Single Day Camps
These single-day camps explore science at the Zoo through robotics. All camps will include a workshop presented by The Robot Garage.

When multiple classes of this camp are offered during the same week, they are designated A and B.

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Big and Small, Short and Tall (1-2) SOLD OUT
 
Animals come in all different shapes and sizes. Children entering first and second grade explore some of this variety in the animal kingdom. We build, program and adapt a Lego animal to see firsthand how size can affect survival.
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$70.00
Animal Moves (3-4)
 
Campers entering third and fourth grade investigate the different ways animals move. Does movement depend on the number of legs? Do all animals with four legs walk and run the same way? We make observations of animals throughout the Zoo and program a robot to replicate these animal moves.
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$70.00
Survival of the Fittest (5-6)
 
Predators may have some amazing adaptations to catch their prey, but prey animals also have some clever tricks up their sleeve. Campers entering fifth and sixth grade explore the evolution of these incredible adaptations and build and adapt their own robotic animal to perfect its offensive and defensive strategies.
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$70.00
The Rhythm of the Light (7-8)
 
Monarch butterflies use light-dark cycles to cue their migration, and many penguin species depend on circadian rhythm for successful breeding. During this camp, children entering seventh and eighth grade explore some of the different light requirements of Zoo animals and program an Arduino to create a custom light display.
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$70.00
Zoo Art: Single Day Camps
Campers explore some of the pieces in the Detroit Zoological Society’s art collection and use art as a lens to learn more about their favorite Zoo animals.

When multiple classes of this camp are offered during the same week, they are designated A and B.

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Gator 'Strators (1-2)
 
Our campers entering first and second grade create their own drawing journal and traverse the Zoo to draw various animals. This camp includes an introductory drawing lesson.
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$70.00
Paint the Zoo (3-4)
 
Campers entering third and fourth grade wield a paintbrush to capture the wonder of the animal world with both acrylics on canvas and watercolors. This camp includes an introductory painting lesson.
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$70.00
Theater in the Wild (5-6)
 
When it comes to fairy tales, some animal species have a bad reputation. As campers entering fifth and sixth grade investigate these negative portrayals and discover the truth behind the myths, they create and perform their own retelling of a story.
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$70.00
Wildlife Photography (7-8)
 
Bringing their own camera or using one of ours, campers entering seventh and eighth grade receive an introduction into the world of wildlife photography. They learn some tips and tricks to get the best shots of some of the most handsome animal residents at the Zoo.
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$70.00
Kindergarten Camps: Half Day Camps
For soon-to-be kindergartners who would like a full-day experience, please register for both the morning and afternoon camps on the same day. Our trained staff will supervise all campers during the lunch period.

When multiple classes of this camp are offered during the same week, they are designated A and B.

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Zoo Vet K: Animal Babies
 
Children entering kindergarten traverse the Zoo searching out some of our youngest residents. We explore some of the ways animal parents take care of their young and practice some of those methods on some plush zoo babies.
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$35.00
Zoo Science K: Penguin Play
 
Children entering kindergarten visit the Polk Penguin Conservation Center to observe the way penguins move, then build and program a Lego penguin with some crazy moves of its own. The robotics workshop is presented by The Robot Garage.
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$35.00
Zoo Art K: Zoo Sculpture
 
Our kindergarten campers visit many bronze sculptures around the Zoo, including Inuit stone sculptures in the Arctic Ring of Life. Campers then sculpt their own work of art to take home.
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$35.00
Mammals K
 
In this camp, children entering kindergarten explore different groups of animals through hikes, crafts and activities and discover what makes mammals special.
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$35.00
Birds K
 
In this camp, children entering kindergarten explore different groups of animals through hikes, crafts and activities and discover what makes birds special.
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$35.00
Reptiles and Amphibians K
 
In this camp, children entering kindergarten explore different groups of animals through hikes, crafts and activities and discover what makes reptiles and amphibians special.
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$35.00
Extended Care
Busy schedules and work commitments don't always work well with a 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. camp schedule. Take advantage of our early drop-off and late pick-up program to make Summer Safari work for you. Campers are supervised by Summer Safari Camp staff the entire time, enjoying games, activities and stories. Registration for extended care is available during camp registration. Early Bird Care starts at 7:30 a.m. Late Owl Care ends at 6 p.m.
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Early Bird, Week 1 (6/24 - 6/28)
 
Early Bird Extended Care - Week #1
$40.00
Early Bird, Week 2 (7/1 - 7/5)
 
Early Bird Extended Care - Week #2
$24.00
Early Bird, Week 3 (7/8 - 7/12)
 
Early Bird Extended Care - Week #3
$40.00
Early Bird, Week 4 (7/15 - 7/19)
 
Early Bird Extended Care - Week #4
$40.00
Early Bird, Week 5 (7/22 - 7/26)
 
Early Bird Extended Care - Week #5
$40.00
Early Bird, Week 6 (7/29 - 8/2)
 
Early Bird Extended Care - Week #6
$40.00
Early Bird, Week 7 (8/5 - 8/9)
 
Early Bird Extended Care - Week #7
$40.00
Early Bird, Week 8 (8/12 - 8/16)
 
Early Bird Extended Care - Week #8
$40.00
Late Owl, Week 1 (6/24 - 6/28)
 
Late Owl Extended Care - Week #1
$50.00
Late Owl, Week 2 (7/1 - 7/5)
 
Late Owl Extended Care - Week #2
$30.00
Late Owl, Week 3 (7/8 - 7/12)
 
Late Owl Extended Care - Week #3
$50.00
Late Owl, Week 4 (7/15 - 7/19)
 
Late Owl Extended Care - Week #4
$50.00
Late Owl, Week 5 (7/22 - 7/26)
 
Late Owl Extended Care - Week #5
$50.00
Late Owl, Week 6 (7/29 - 8/2)
 
Late Owl Extended Care - Week #6
$50.00
Late Owl, Week 7 (8/5 - 8/9)
 
Late Owl Extended Care - Week #7
$50.00
Late Owl, Week 8 (8/12 - 8/16)
 
Late Owl Extended Care - Week #8
$50.00
Safari Camp Extras
One shirt will be provided to each camper on their first day of camp. If you would like any additional shirts, please purchase here. Weeklong campers are requested to wear their camp shirt every day of camp.
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Reusable Lunch Bag
 
Insulated reusable lunch bag. Patterns may vary.
$7.00
Safari Camp Pack
 
Drawstring backpack, reusable water bottle, and a reusable, child-size poncho. Patterns may vary.
$15.00
Extra Safari Camp T-Shirt - Youth Small
 
$8.00
Extra Safari Camp T-Shirt - Youth Medium
 
$8.00
Extra Safari Camp T-Shirt - Youth Large
 
$8.00
Extra Safari Camp T-Shirt - Adult Small
 
$8.00
Extra Safari Camp T-Shirt - Adult Medium
 
$8.00
Extra Safari Camp T-Shirt - Adult Large
 
$8.00
Extra Safari Camp T-Shirt - Adult XL
 
$8.00
Extra Safari Camp T-Shirt - Adult XXL
 
$8.00

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