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Asian small-clawed otter

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

2009 Parents' Pick Nominee

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2013 Camp Descriptions

For Campers Entering Grades 6-7

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Week 2: June 30 – July 3 (no camp July 4)

Walk. Talk. Grunt and squeak and squawk with the animals! Explore the world of animal linguistics as you study how to communicate with all of your senses. Speak with a species and become fluent in a very foreign language.


Week 4: July 14 - 18

As the sun sets, a wolf howls, lemurs swing, and alligators hunt. Study the wonder of crepuscular animals- the few who are active at dusk and dawn-and learn about the adaptations that help them survive. Then decide. What team are you on?

Operation Conservation

Week 6: July 28 – August 1

Be the expert! The National Zoo is a leader in saving species. Learn about the Zoo’s efforts in rehabilitating black footed ferrets and Panamanian golden frog populations, and then get on the case! Do research, complete experiments, and create a plan to save an endangered species.

Hunger Games

Week 8: August 11 - 15

Its survival of the fittest in this dog eat dog world. Investigate evolution, how animals have developed, and create your own theory on the future of a Zoo species. Will your species survive? How can you help? Your name has been picked, register now, and “may the odds be ever in your favor.”