2018 Wild Animal Science Camps

Important Information About the Zoo Society's Junior and Senior Wild Animal Science Camps

Campers will engage in the same activities that guide the Zoo's field biologists when they are working in the wild to save free-ranging elephants, gorillas, salamanders and more. They will use radio telemetry, camera traps, drones, night-vision equipment and more to study native wildlife and the Zoo's exotic animals. At the end of the first day, students will camp by the African Plains exhibit and will conduct night-time research on lemurs.

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.

Application Requirements
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
    • Download Junior Wild Animal Camp Health Form
    • Download Senior Wild Animal Camp Health Form
  • Pay the $5 application processing fee
  • Download a copy of the the Draft Schedule for camps to see what the programs offer.
    • Draft Schedule for Two-day Wild Animal Science Camp

Questions/More Information
Please contact with any questions regarding wild animal camps.

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

For rising 6th - 8th graders

Download draft:  Wild Animal Science Schedule

June 9-10, 2018 (two-day Junior Camp)
(Wait list only)


September 8-9, 2018 (two-day Junior Camp)

Camp Tuition
Zoo Society members: $449
Non-members: $489

Junior Wild Animal Camp Materials
2018JuniorFieldHealthForm (Required for Admission)


Senior Wild Animal Science Camp

For rising 10th graders - college freshmen

Download draft: Wild Animal Science Schedule

Date: This Camp is currently full. Taking applications for wait-list only.
June 23-24, 2018

Senior Wild Animal Camp Tuition
Zoo Society members: $449
Non-members: $489

Senior Wild Animal Camp Materials
2018 Sr._Science_Health-Form (Required for Admission)