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Zoo Camp: Safari Days

Program Information

Dates: See below


Class Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Age: Kindergarten through fifth grade


Price: $75/child


Extended Care: 8-9 a.m. ($5/day) and 4-5 p.m. ($5/day)


NOTE: Your e-ticket print out is required for class admission. Prices are subject to change. For more information, please call 323/644-4211.

No school and not sure what to do?

No school and not sure what to do? Grab your backpack, lunch, and safari gear and join us at the Zoo for a fun-filled day of adventure. We will explore the far reaches of the world, seeking out some of nature’s most amazing animals. Instead of working on sight words, you will have animal sightings; instead of reading comprehension you will help others comprehend your discoveries by sharing stories about what you saw and did. Students in kindergarten through fifth grades, join us for Safari Days here at the Los Angeles Zoo.

All Safari Day dates correspond to certain LAUSD unassigned days and/or holidays, please make sure to check your child’s school calendar before registering.

Diets and Dentition

April 3

Sharp teeth! Flat teeth! Many teeth! No teeth?! Just like humans, animals have a variety of diets. Come discover the unique diets of animals while learning about the adaptations required to eat and survive!

Class & Registration Dates

Safari Day
April 3, 2020

Zoo Camp: Safari Days Frequently Asked Questions

My child participated in the Safari Day programs last year and wants to go again. Will the programs be the same this year or are they different?

Each Safari Day is different. This year, participants will focus on a new topic during each adventure as they explore the Zoo with their Safari Guides.

Will my child receive anything at the end of the day?

Participants will receive a giveaway that corresponds to the topic of the day.

Will my child spend time in a classroom during the day?

Safari Days is designed to be an outdoor adventure. While there is small portion of indoor time at the beginning and end of the program, your child will spend the majority of the day exploring the zoo with their guides.

My child is signed up for multiple Safari Days. Do I have to fill out the Liability/Waiver form for each one?

We must have a new waiver each time your child joins us for a Safari Day adventure. Waiver forms will be emailed once you register and you can bring it with you to check-in.

I am signing up my child and they have friends that are also signing up. Can we request that they all be put into the same group even if they are different ages/grades?

Yes. Once you register you will receive an email with a link to a Google form that gives us the opportunity to collect some basic information about your child.  This is the ideal place to let us know if/who you would like your child to explore with.

Cancellation Policy

NO refunds will be given for cancellations made less than 14 days prior to the program date. For cancellations made 14 days or more in advance of the program date a 75% refund will be given. The Los Angeles Zoo reserves the right to cancel any program. In the event that The Los Angeles Zoo cancels a program, all program fees will be refunded. Cancellation requests must be made in writing and sent to [email protected]. Please include your name, the program name and date you are asking to cancel, your confirmation number, and your phone number.

Spring Zoo Camp

Spring Zoo Camp Information

Dates: April 6–10


Class Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (a.m. and p.m. care available for an additional fee)


Age: PreK/TK (age 4) through fourth grade


Price: $325/week


Extended Care: 8-9 a.m. ($5/day) and 3-5 p.m. ($10/day)

Spring into fun! Children in pre-kindergarten (age 4) through fourth grade will have a cool time engaging in fun activities and going ape over the Zoo’s amazing animals. Each camp is led by specially trained, experienced adult staff.

Animal Friends

April 6-10

Animals have helped humans for a very long time. Join us this Spring to learn about the partnership between animals and people and discover the many ways that animals help humans today!

Spring Zoo Camp Cancellation Policy

NO refunds will be given for cancellations made less than 14 days prior to the program date. For cancellations made 14 days or more in advance of the program date a 75% refund will be given. The Los Angeles Zoo reserves the right to cancel any program. In the event that The Los Angeles Zoo cancels a program, all program fees will be refunded. Cancellation requests must be made in writing and sent to [email protected]. Please include your name, the program name and date you are asking to cancel, your confirmation number, and your phone number.

Summer Zoo Camp

Summer Zoo Camp Information

Dates: See below


Class Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (a.m. and p.m. care available for an additional fee)


Age: PreK/TK (age 4) through sixth grade


Price: $325/week


Extended Care: 7:30-9 a.m. ($45/week) and 3-5:30 p.m. ($75/week)

Registration spots for extended care are limited – please register early


NOTE: Member registration begins April 1, 2020. General Registration (Nonmembers) begins April 13, 2020.

Camp Dates

June 15–19, 2020
June 22–26, 2020
June 29–July 3, 2020
July 6–10, 2020
July 13–17, 2020
July 20–24, 2020
July 27–31, 2020
August 3–7, 2020
August 10–14, 2020

Welcome summer with us for some Zoo Camp fun. Children in pre-kindergarten (age 4) through sixth grade will have the time of their lives discovering the Zoo’s amazing animals and engaging in fun, safe activities! Each camp is led by specially trained, experienced adult staff.

Summer Zoo Camp 2020 Schedule

 June 15 – 19
June 22 – 26June 29 – July 3July 6 – 10July 13 – 17July 20 – 24July 27 – 31August 3 – 7August 10 – 14
*Pre K & Kindergarten (must be at least 4 years old)Creature FeaturesBackyard ZooArtistic AnimalsDown on the FarmCreature FeaturesBackyard ZooArtistic AnimalsDown on the FarmCreature Features
*Pre K & Kindergarten (must be at least 4 years old)Backyard ZooArtistic AnimalsDown on the FarmCreature FeaturesBackyard ZooArtistic AnimalsDown on the FarmCreature FeaturesBackyard Zoo
*1st thru 2ndDiscover AsiaHabitat HappeningsAnimal OlympicsSense-ational SafariDiscover AsiaHabitat HappeningsAnimal OlympicsSense-ational SafariDiscover Asia
*1st thru 2ndHabitat HappeningsAnimal OlympicsSense-ational SafariDiscover Asia
Habitat HappeningsAnimal OlympicsSense-ational SafariDiscover AsiaHabitat Happenings
*1st thru 2ndAnimal OlympicsHabitat HappeningsSense-ational SafariDiscover AsiaAnimal Olympics
*3rd & 4thRebel RaptorsSquad GoalsFearsome FaunaOutback AdventureRebel RaptorsSquad GoalsFearsome FaunaOutback AdventureRebel Raptors
*3rd & 4thSquad GoalsFearsome FaunaOutback AdventureRebel RaptorsSquad GoalsFearsome FaunaOutback AdventureRebel RaptorsSquad Goals
*5th & 6thComic CreaturesWelcome to the AmericasZoorassic ParkNature's Gallery

* Entering grade level as of Fall 2020
Camps in red are SOLD OUT

Camp Themes & Descriptions

Artistic Animals

Wild webs, nifty nests, and crazy colors!  Crayons, clay, watercolors, and paint will help campers learn how animals use a variety of shapes, patterns, and colors to survive in the wild.  Come discover the world of amazing animal artists!

Backyard Zoo

Think there is no wildlife around?  Look again! This week campers investigate what’s right in the Zoo’s — and our own — backyard!  Loving local wildlife helps campers establish important early connections with the world around them and grow up caring more about the environment!

Creature Features

Eyes, ears, nose… fur, feathers, toes?? Join us in comparing the unique physical traits of animals to our very special traits. Campers can also create a creature of their own by combining the traits they discover!

Down on the Farm

Old MacDonald had a farm and so does the Los Angeles Zoo!  Children adore farm animals, and on our farm, we have goats, sheep, and pigs.  Come on down to our farm and get up close with these noisy barnyard animals and discover all the amazing things they do!

Animal Olympics

Can you jump as far as a kangaroo?  Does your tongue stretch as far as a tapir’s?  Can you lift a tree like an elephant? Bring your energy and your muscles to the zoo and discover the strongest, fastest, gold-medal-winning-est athletes of the animal world.

Discover Asia

It’s the Year of the Rat!  Journey with us to the eastern hemisphere to learn about the animals of the Chinese zodiac and the large variety of wildlife and habitats in Asia.

Habitat Happenings

Condors in a condo?  Snakes in a shack? Axolotl in an apartment?   All living creatures have special places to live.  Come explore the places that animals call “home.”

Sense-ational Safari

Senses are our specialty during this week-long adventure.  Which animal can see a tiny mouse from over 200-feet up in the sky?  Does the animal with the biggest ears have the best hearing? And how can a snake smell with its tongue?!  Find out all about these sense-sational creatures and more!

Fearsome Fauna

Warning!  Join us for a week of poisons, venoms, and the world’s most dangerous animals and plants!  Discover creatures that have deadly defense systems, poisonous plants that eat bugs, and more!

Outback Adventure

Say “G’day” to the Australian species that call LA Zoo home.  Blokes and sheilas will discover animals with pouches, mammals that lay eggs, and more!

Rebel Raptors

Get out your talons and rip into this week of raptor camp!  Whether it’s diving at top speeds to catch prey or building nest on the edge of a cliff, we’ll discover what makes raptors the ultimate predators of the sky.

Squad Goals

Herd, clan, colony, mischief, or mob.  For many animal species, teamwork is essential for survival!  Join our team as we learn about animal group dynamics!

Comic Creatures

What makes a hero heroic?  What’s so villainous about villains?  This week, you’ll meet some of the coolest creature-based characters of comics, film, and mythology.  You’ll discover what makes them tick, and create your very own creature superhero or villain!

Nature’s Gallery

Paint, sculpt, collage, and carve your way through a week of artistic fun.  Explore the Zoo with an artist’s eye while learning about artists who have used nature for inspiration!  Crayons, clay, watercolors, and paint will help bring to life the Zoo’s wild collection of plants and animals.

Welcome to the Americas

Viva Carnival!  Journey with us to Central and South America to explore the Andes mountains, Amazon rainforest, and more!  Soar like a condor, hunt like a jaguar, and play like a river otter while learning about the extreme habitats these animals call “home.”

Zoorassic Park

Explore a world of living fossils…at the LA Zoo!  Have a wild week encountering animal ancestors, modern dinosaurs and plants from over 1 million years ago.  Join us in uncovering the past, right here in the present!

Zoo Camp Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Zoo Camp for?

Summer Zoo Camp is for children entering pre-kindergarten (age 4) up to those children entering grade 6. Zoo Camp is for children independent of their parents. Zoo Camp provides a safe and fun social setting where children can focus on making both child and animal friends.

Who is our Staff?

Each camp is led by a trained instructor along with trained counselors. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten camps have a 1:7 ratio of adults to campers and the 1st thru 6th grade camps have a 1:10 ratio. Each camp includes crafts, games, activities, and tours; all focused around the theme of the day.

Where do I check in my camper?

Zoo Camp check in takes place at the Children’s Discovery Center. You can park as close as you can to the entrance. There will be Zoo Camp staff stationed outside of the double glass doors everyday promptly at 8:50 a.m. Check in is from 8:50-9:15 a.m.

What do I need at Check in?

You need all your appropriate Zoo Camp forms filled out (Health History & Waiver Release). We will provide extra copies for families who were not able to download or print at home. Please fill out these forms prior to lining up.

I filled out a Health History form this past summer. Do I need to fill it out again?

No, only if there has been a change in your child’s health history we need to be aware of. If not we keep them on file.

What do we do if we are running late and do not make it to the Zoo by 9:15 a.m.?

There will be a Zoo Camp phone number posted on the double glass doors that you can call to reach Zoo Camp staff. Zoo Camp staff will greet you and check in your camper. In the event a camper is dropped off after 9:15 a.m. or has to be picked up before 2:50 p.m., a $10/day charge applies.

I’m signed up for a.m. Extended Care, how early can I drop off my child?

Extended Care hours begin at 8:00 a.m.

I’m signed up for p.m. Extended Care, how late can I pick up my child?

Extended Care (p.m.) hours end at 5:00 p.m.

I am running late to pick-up my child from extended care and won’t make it by 5:00 p.m.?

Please call the Zoo Camp cell phone to let us know your ETA. There will be a $1/minute charge for pick-ups that occur after 5:00 p.m.

I am running late to pick-up my child from 3:00 p.m. regular check out, what should I do?

Please call the Zoo Camp cell phone to let us know your ETA. Your child will be taken in with our extended care program and you will be charged $10 for the extended care charge.

What does my camper need to pack?

  • Refillable Water Bottle
  • A Hat
  • A snack with their name on it
  • Lunch Sack
  • Extra snack for those staying through extended care

What should my camper wear?

  • Comfortable walking shoes (no open toe shoes will be allowed)
  • Appropriate clothing for inclement weather
  • A Hat
  • Zoo Camp shirt will be given on the first day of camp. They must wear this shirt/s throughout the week

Will my camper have opportunities to refill their water bottles?

Zoo Camp staff will make several water stops throughout the day.

Are there any special rules that I should review with my camper before attending Zoo Camp?

Please review the “Golden Rules of Zoo Camp” attached to your confirmation email or click on this link to review them.

What if it rains?

Zoo Camp runs rain or shine.

Summer Zoo Camp Cancellation Policy

NO refunds will be given for cancellations made less than 14 days prior to the program date. For cancellations made 14 days or more in advance of the program date a 75% refund will be given. The Los Angeles Zoo reserves the right to cancel any program. In the event that The Los Angeles Zoo cancels a program, all program fees will be refunded. Cancellation requests must be made in writing and sent to [email protected]. Please include your name, the program name and date you are asking to cancel, your confirmation number, and your phone number.

Summer Zoo Camp 2020 Scholarship

The Los Angeles Zoo is excited to announce the 2020 Summer Zoo Camp scholarship Program. Zoo Camp scholarships cover the tuition for one week of camp, plus extended care, for those that might not otherwise be able to participate due to financial need. For more information, and to apply, download the Zoo Camp Scholarship application form. Applications are due March 13, 2020.

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