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Camp Zoofari – Summer 2017 Select Spaces Available

Summer Camp 2017

Important Camp Information: Camp Open House will be held on May 11 and May 16, from 5-7 pm, or May 20, from 9-11 am. Open house is an opportunity to meet some of the Camp Zoofari team, learn of changes to the Camp Zoofari program as well as what to expect on the first day of camp, ask questions, pick up t-shirts, and more! Plan on stopping by to get the latest information on your camp experience. Attending guests can enter and exit the Brown Education Center through Gate 8, located down the sidewalk to the left of the main entrance of the Zoo.

NEW this year!

  • Before and After Care
  • Camp for 13 to 16 year olds
  • Waitlist for full camps (all waitlists are full as of April 20)
  • Camp Zoofari for Adults!
  • New camp topics, and more!

Are you jealous of all the fun kids get to have at camp? Well now it’s your turn to join in the fun! Whether you are dropping off your camper or looking for a new experience, Camp Zoofari for Adults is just for you!

Scroll down for all the details, or view our 2017 Camp Policies PDF:

Camp Zoofari Policies 2017


Camp Registration

At this time, there is very limited availability. Please follow the link below to see any available camps. Waitlists for summer 2017 are closed and all spaces are available on a first come, first served basis.

For up to date information regarding all of our educational programming, become a member and receive email updates with all the happenings at the Zoo!

Camp Prices and Times

Summer Camp is from May 29 – August 11, 2017
Full-day camps from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. for ages 4-16
Half Day options for campers ages 4-5

Half Day Camp (ages 4-5): $190
Full Day Camp (ages 4-9): $290 – $330
Full Day Camp (ages 10-16): $470

Camp pricing is per week. Topics marked below with an * are priced at $330 due to additional experiences offered. The first and sixth week of camp (5/30 & 7/5) have reduced prices due to the shorter camp weeks for the holidays.

Camps: Ages 4 – 5

Entire age group has sold out

*When I Grow Up – NEW*
Does your camper dream of being a zookeeper? A veterinarian? A police officer or firefighter? In When I Grow Up, campers will role play various positions are the Zoo, as well as dive into the world of animal babies and the creatures they grow into.
Animal Adventures – NEW
Run like a cheetah! Climb like an Ape! Leap like a frog! Animals around the globe behave in different ways. In Animal Adventures your “Wild Child” will unleash their inner beast as they explore their way around the Zoo.
Animals at Play
Before jungle gyms and monkey bars existed, nature was the ultimate playground. Animals still use the outdoors to romp and play. In the animal kingdom, playing is not just for fun, it is a learning tool. Join us as we get active and practice the skill of playing!
Master the Wild
It is a tough world out there, and animals resort to all sorts of tricks and tactics to survive. In Master the Wild, we delve into some of the more unique animals and their tools of the trade, meeting an array of fantastic creatures along the way.

Camps: Ages 6 – 7

Select dates available

*Creature Creations – NEW*
This summer, the Zoo will be home to a family of new animals… LEGO animals! Aside from exploring these life-sized replicas and comparing them to the real thing, campers will have the opportunity to build and create creatures of their very own!
The Zoo Around You – NEW
Everything is bigger in Texas! From the black bear in east Texas to the Harris’s hawk in the west, from the elusive ocelot to animals you can find in your own back yard, discover the animals that call this great state home! 
 Globetrotters – NEW
Travel with us around the globe as we encounter animals from every habitat. Along our journey, we will play games from around the world and track down the animals that call these far flung destinations home. No passports are required for this active adventure!
Animal Superheroes
Look, in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… superheroes and villains, as you have never seen them before! These characters have been “borrowing” traits and abilities from the animal kingdom for ages. Investigate which traits mirror their wild counterparts as you take steps to become a superhero to animals everywhere!

Camps: Ages 8 – 9

Select dates available

*A Zoo Created by You – NEW*
Have you ever visited the Zoo and thought, “It would be amazing if this exhibit had…?” Dive into the creative world of zoo design and learn the processes behind making a zoo a reality. Then, visit some lifelike LEGO animals before trying you hand at designing a LEGO zoo of your own!
*Wildlife Arts – NEW*
Explore the fine arts with the help of our Zoo animals! Spend your week singing with the birds, observing one of our amazing animal painters before starting your own masterpiece, writing and acting in your own animal inspired stage show, and more!
Zoo Careers – NEW
Who works at the zoo? Is it just zookeepers? Explore the various people and positions required to run a zoo and meet some of the faces around the world that the zoo works with to promote animal conservation in the wild. Zoo tours for this group will be front of scenes.
Wildlife Photography
Are you an amateur photographer or could your snap chats grace the cover of a famous wildlife magazine? From clicking to editing, we will cover it all. We will utilize various technologies all week to create a wild portfolio!

Camps: Ages 10 – 12

Entire age group has sold out. 

Wild Survival – NEW
Do you have what it takes to survive in the wild? Our animal counterparts can make it look easy. Join us as we delve into the realm of animal adaptations and pick up some wilderness survival skills along the way! This camp includes an overnight experience.
Zoo Careers
Who works at the zoo? Is it just zookeepers? Explore the various people and positions required to run a zoo and meet some of the faces around the world that the zoo works with to promote animal conservation in the wild. Zoo tours for this group will be both front of and behind the scenes.
Keeper Camp
Think you have what it takes to be a zookeeper? Each day, discover more about the challenges faced by our keeper staff and the rewards their work can offer. Go behind the scenes and get an up close look into the world of zoo keeping!

Camps: Ages 13 – 16 NEW

Select dates available

Zoo Careers – NEW
Want to work at the Zoo? Explore the various people and positions required to run a zoo and meet some of the faces around the world that the zoo works with to promote animal conservation in the wild. Hold mock interviews and get the inside scoop on what it takes to build a career with the Houston Zoo.
Keeper Connection – NEW
Zoo keepers have a unique connection to the animals they care for. Through this activity driven week, forge your own connections with our animal ambassadors as you explore what it takes to build a bond between a zoo keeper and our animals.


Helpful Hints

Camping With a Friend?
Parking Options
Arriving Late? Need to Leave Early?

Camp Policies

Changing Your Schedule
Cancellations and Refunds
Emergency Contact Information
Immunizations (or Affidavits of Exemption)
Photo Identification
No Cell Phone Policy at Camp Zoofari

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get on a waiting list?
Can I stay with my child in camp?
Do you have before and after care?
May I enroll my child in a camp for an older age group?
How are campers supervised?
Can I bring a backpack?
Do you provide snacks?
What about lunch?
Will my child get to touch animals or go behind the scenes?
Where do I park and enter the Zoo for camp?
What are the sign-in and sign-out procedures?
Does my child need to wear their camp shirt every day?
What are the camp rules?
Can I bring snacks or birthday treats for the group?
My child needs to take medication; how should I arrange for this?

Questions? Contact Us:
Main Zoo Number: 713-533-6500
Education Fax: 713-533-6783