So, You Want to Work With Animals

Nurture Your Middle-Schooler's Love of Animals - Saturday, October 19, 2019

A one-day camp for Middle School girls and boys who love animals. This camp begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. and will give campers a whirlwind tour of some of the fascinating careers available to people who want to work with, or for, animals. This is a fun day learning about what it is like to be a veterinarian, conservation biologist, naturalist, animal behaviorist, animal keeper, or wildlife educator.

What you will do at camp…

* You will spend some time at the Zoo’s Veterinary Hospitals learning a bit about what it takes to treat sick animals.

  You will leave knowing…

.... the basics of giving a physical exam and bandaging sick animals; what it feels like to shoot a dart gun to anesthetize a wild animal; how to administer CPR and other first aid actions to sick animals.

* You will spend some time learning how biologists study wild animals living free in the wild.

You will leave knowing…

... how to use camera traps and radio tracking to spy on animals; how to read habitats; how to read footprints to identify some animal families (i.e., cats, dogs, rabbits), some animal species (i.e., coyote, domestic dog, domestic cat, possum).

* You will spend an hour or more behind the scenes at the Zoo talking with a zookeeper about the animals he or she cares for.

You will leave knowing…

... some of the basics of handling and caring for wild animals; what is involved in building trust with animals; what kinds of training a person needs to become a zookeeper.

... what it would like to teach other people about wildlife; how you can become an ambassador for wildlife.

* You will spend an hour or more behind the scenes and in public areas talking with zoo educators about the animals in their care and about ways to teach others about wildlife and nature.

You will leave knowing…

... a little bit about how zoo educators teach ideas and concepts that make the world safer for wildlife.

... a little bit about what you can do to share your love for animals in ways that will make the world and the environment safer for wildlife.

Application Process

Camp Tuition is $357 for Zoo Society members and $407 for non-members. The majority of camp fees are tax-deductible as a donation to the North Carolina Zoo Society. Camp fees may be paid in installments.

All applicants must provide the following:

Acceptance Procedure

Campers will be accepted on a first-come/first-served basis. Applications must be complete before a camper is accepted.

If you have questions, please call Becca Sigafoos (363-879-7274) or Jayne Parker (336-879-7273) to find answers.