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Thank you to Banfield Pet Hospital for generously sponsoring many of this summer's camps!

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Summer Safari Day Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association.
Summer Safari Day Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association

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2015 Camp Descriptions

For Campers Entering Grades 2-3

Moo at the Zoo

Week 1: June 22 - 26

Spend the week as Old MacDonald. Meet a keeper and plow headfirst into learning how we care for cows, goats, donkeys, and more at the National Zoo's Kid Farm, sponsored by State Farm® (campers do not come in direct contact with live animals or assist with husbandry).

Great to be a Primate

Week 1: June 22 - 26

You'll go ape in this class! Learn all about our primate cousins: monkeys, apes, and prosimians. Meet the Zoo's collection and learn why it is great to be primate.

Radical Reptiles

Week 1: June 22 - 26

Beat the heat with the cold-blooded creatures of the Reptile Discovery Center! These fascinating animals are sure to pull you out of your shell as we "croc" open the hidden worlds of reptiles and amphibians. Jump to it; you'll be hoppy in this class! (Formerly Fantastic Frogs)

Dr. Zoo-euss: Zoo MD

Week 2: June 29 – July 2 (no camp July 3)

Imagine what it takes to care for a toothy tiger or slimy salamander. How do you x-ray a stingray or give a shot to a shrew? Zoo veterinarians have one of the toughest jobs around. Visit How Do You Zoo?, our one-of-a-kind role play exhibit, and practice caring for our animals (Campers do not come in direct contact with live animals or assist with animal or veterinary care).

Superman-imals

Week 2: June 29 – July 2 (no camp July 3)

Find the nearest phone booth and change into your cape; we're meeting the Zoo's most incredible creatures! Join the squad as we uncover animals with powers of speed, strength, flight, and more, then transform into a hero yourself!

Zoo Dunnit

Week 3: July 6 - 10

Grab your binoculars and venture through the Zoo to solve clues about the animal kingdom. Test your newly acquired knowledge of Zoo animals and scientific methods to solve the mystery and claim the reward!

Fairy Tails

Week 3: July 6 - 10

Jump into the pages of your favorite "tails." Huff and puff with the big bad wolf, pucker up to frogs, and pay a visit to the home of our three species of bears. Join these stories and learn about the real animals behind the critter characters.

Dr. Zoo-euss: Zoo MD

Week 4: July 13 – 17

Repeat Camp. See Week 2 description.

The Jungle Book

Week 4: July 13 – 17

Calling all man cubs! Join the pack and have a wild time exploring animals who live deep in the jungle! Our bears, tigers, apes, and snakes are waiting to teach you the bear necessities of life. It will be a swingin' good time.

Golden Medal Tamarins

Week 5: July 20 - 24

Get to know your cousins from itsy-bitsy monkeys to awesome apes. Learn about the O Line and how it enables orangutans to travel high above the Zoo. Plus, there’s no denying you’ll adore our golden lion tamarins! Monkey around with us all week long.

Leapers Creepers

Week 5: July 20 - 24

Visit the Zoo and meet fascinating creatures lurking behind every corner. Frogs, snakes, lizards and more are waiting for you to slither on over to this toad-ally awesome camp!

Critter Champions

Week 5: July 20 - 24

The National Zoo is home to many animal winners. The fastest, the strongest, the biggest, the smallest. Learn about these superstar animals then go for the gold yourself!

The Unhuggables

Week 6: July 27 – July 31

Cuddly cubs and snuggly kittens…who needs them?! Explore the underbelly of animal life and visit the Zoo's wolves, skunks, snakes, and crocodiles. We'll also uncover some of the creepy crawlies that dwell in your own backyard!

Home Sweet Habitat

Week 6: July 27 – July 31

There's no place like home! Visit the National Zoo and explore the homes and habitats of our natural builders. Learn more by digging into the animal world before becoming an animal architect yourself. Join the crew!

Wilderness Explorers

Week 7: August 3 - 7

Suit UP for an adventure as a Zoo Wilderness Explorer. Earn badges as you help animals at the Zoo and around the world. You may even discover the creature of Paradise Falls. Adventure is out there!

Out of Africa

Week 7: August 3 - 7

There's no need for a passport when you can explore the savanna at the National Zoo! Take part in crafts and games as you learn about African animals and culture. We're not lion, it’s going to be a wild time!

U.S.A. (United States of Animals)

Week 7: August 3 - 7

This land was made for you and me…and the animals! Explore the Zoo in your backyard and say "hello" to your neighbors on the new American Trail including gray wolves, sea lions, and the iconic bald eagle. Then learn how you can help keep America beautiful.

Kung Fu Panda

Week 8: August 10 – 14

Help kick extinction! Become a part of the Furious Five and earn a black belt in conservation. Travel Asia Trail and uncover the mystery of the giant panda, clouded leopard, red panda, and more. This camp is sure to be a knockout!

The Lion King

Week 8: August 10 – 14

It's time for the mane event! We're beaming with pride over our lions! Learn about the kings and queens of the National Zoo and visit with their cat cousins: cheetahs, tigers, and leopards. Pounce on this camp. Register meow!