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Camp Zoofari

Camp Zoofari is an immersive experience for children ages 6-12. Campers explore the Zoo, meet our animals and make new friends while learning about wildlife and how to protect them in the wild.

Camp Dates & Hours

Drop Off: 8:45 – 9:15 am
Pick Up: 3:45 – 4:15 pm
Nov. 20 Dec. 27
Nov. 21 Dec. 28
Nov. 22 Dec. 29

School Break Camps are designed as individual days. Campers can mix and match any combination of offered dates for a truly unique Zoo experience!

Important Information

Cost: $90/day.

Activities and interactions are tailored to your camper’s age. Every day includes opportunities to interact directly with a variety of Zoo staff, meet animals up close and personal, and explore staff-only areas.


Registration Information

Registration is now open!

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Please contact us at 713-533-6739 or with any questions.

Help us save local species like the black bear by bringing in old and unused holiday lights!

November Camps

What’s on the Menu?

Some animals need to eat multiple times a day, while others can go for months without a snack. Some animals love fruits and vegetables, while others chow down on meat or crunchy insects. Join us each day as we dig a little deeper into the dietary needs of animals and how they go about getting a meal!

Price: $90/day

Dates Offered: November 20, 21, 22
Each day will offer different experiences and visit different portions of the Zoo.

Extreme Eaters

Who can eat the most? Who can go without food the longest? Who eats the strangest foods? Each day explores a different set of eaters, looking at the mechanisms and processes that allow each animal to survive and thrive.

Price: $90/day

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Dates Offered: November 20, 21, 22
Each day will offer different experiences and visit different portions of the Zoo.

Secrets to Survival

Why are the world’s largest animals herbivores? Why do carnivores seem to sleep all day? How can animals like giraffes and tortoises chew through thorns? Come find out nature’s secrets to survival by exploring the Zoo as we dive into the relationships between animals and their food, whether they eat plants, animals, bugs, or something even weirder!

Price: $90/day

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Dates Offered: November 20, 21, 22
Each day will offer different experiences and visit different portions of the Zoo.

December Camps

Toys for Animals

We keep our animals healthy and happy year-round with gifts they love. Some animals like food, others love toys, and some love both! Come explore the Zoo and help us prepare some gifts to give our animals for the holidays.

Price: $90/day

Dates Offered: December 27, 28, 29
Each day will offer different experiences and visit different portions of the Zoo.

Animal Wishlists

What do animals wish for during the holidays? Maybe a new toy or a huge feast? Some animals may prefer the peace to sleep through the holidays. Journey through the Zoo and learn which animals love playing with their toys, their food, or their animal and keeper friends. You might be surprised which animals love receiving gifts!

Price: $90/day

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Dates Offered: December 27, 28, 29
Each day will offer different experiences and visit different portions of the Zoo.

Gifts of Enrichment

Providing enrichment, like a favorite food, interesting puzzle, or new plants, can keep animals happy, healthy, and active. During this week at the Zoo, we will find out how many ways the Zoo cares for and enriches the animals that live here and learn what enrichment we can gift the animals for the holidays!

Price: $90/day

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Dates Offered: December 27, 28, 29
Each day will offer different experiences and visit different portions of the Zoo.

Accommodations & Accessibility

We believe there should be no boundaries to the Camp Zoofari experience. Campers of all abilities are welcome to join. Trained staff and teen mentors supervise campers at all times.

The Camp Zoofari experience includes:

  1. Exploring Zoo grounds, which has varying smells, light, noise, and temperature levels
  2. Maneuvering on uneven terrain
  3. Spending up to 2 hours at a time outdoors, covering anywhere from 1-3 miles per day
  4. Participating in both group and individual activities
  5. Moving to and from the floor or ground
  6. Utilizing public restrooms
  7. Maintaining a positive attitude and following staff instructions

Our goal is to set up all campers and staff for success. To help us provide the best possible experience, please inform us of all special considerations prior to participation. This may include information on allergies, accessibility concerns, behavioral, psychological or emotional conditions as well as any other special needs. If your child needs to attend with a full-time care provider, special arrangements can be made. Please contact us prior to registration at or 713-533-6739 to make an accommodation request. We are happy to work with households to make Camp Zoofari accessible to campers with varying needs. We are, however, unable to provide one-on-one support or supplementary services.

Scholarship Information

Camp Zoofari awards need-based scholarships, as well as scholarships for our Wildlife Saving School Parnters, for our summer sessions. Scholarships are not available for single day November/December offerings.


Frequently Asked Questions

Are there extended camp hours?

We do not offer drop off or pick up outside of camp hours, 8:45 am-4:15 pm. If you are looking to drop off a camper late or pick up early, please contact us at

How will drop-off and pick-up work?

A lane will be designated for drop-off and pick-up. Each car will pull up to be met by camp staff, who will screen each vehicle and escort campers into our Education Center. For the safety of our staff and campers, we are asking all caregivers to remain in their vehicle during this process. In advance of each camp week, a welcome video will be sent with additional camp information and a map showing where to go upon arrival.

Additionally, families are invited to park in Lot G and walk up to our camp gate. Caregivers will not be admitted beyond the camp gate to maintain the integrity of the camp space.

Can I pick up my child early?

We plan our days to make full use of our time. As such, pickup and drop-off outside of normal hours may lead to missed activities for your camper.

We will do our best to accommodate pick-up and drop-off outside of normal hours, though we cannot accommodate early pick-up between 11:15-12:45 or between 3:00 -3:45.

Please contact to arrange alternate pick-up or drop-off times.

What will a regular day look like for my camper?

A regular camp day varies by theme, but will include tours throughout the Zoo. Information and stories will be shared that relate to each camp’s theme. Games and activities will further support each theme. Throughout each experience, campers will have visits from our Animal Ambassadors, as well as opportunities to feed the giraffes or ride the carousel. Every day will also include at least one visit to a staff-only area of the Zoo. The days for these activities vary based on camper age.

Typical Daily Schedule

  8:45 – 9:15   Check-In at the Brown Education Center (BEC)
  9:15-9:30   Icebreaker games, begin Zoo tour.
  9:30-11:00   Morning Zoo tour, lesson, and snack on zoo grounds
  11:00-11:30   Return to BEC and prep for Lunch
  11:30-12:15   Lunch at Lone Star Pavilion
  12:15-12:30   Return to BEC and put lunch away


  Camp-wide group activities

Theme specific games or crafts (both indoors and outdoors), ambassador animal visit

  3:00-3:45   Snack in BEC, final activities, and prepare to check out
  3:45 – 4:15   Check Out in Brown Education Center

Who will be supervising my camper?

Our camp staff, or Camp Guides, come from a variety of backgrounds, but all are experienced in working with kids in science and nature exploration. We select our camp staff based on their educational experience and scientific background. Many of our camp educators are full-time teachers during the year. They are supported each season with our teenage program participants, the Zoo Crew.

Both Guides and Zoo Crew undergo training ahead of each camp season on topics including animal information, positive behavior management techniques, critical and scientific thinking, and Zoo procedures.

Camp Zoofari operates under a Single Skill Exemption from the Texas Department of Health and Human Services. Camp Zoofari is not a child-care facility, day care center, or licensed before- or after-school program. Risks associated with participating in Camp Zoofari may include, but are not limited to, trips and falls, insect bites, heat exposure, splinters, and minor first aid injuries resulting from supervised outdoor play.

Can I register my camper for a topic/group outside of their age group?

Age requirements are not negotiable and are strictly enforced. Campers must fall within the specified age category on the first day of the camp session they are attending.  Each topic is developed with age-appropriate techniques and measures. We divide the campers by their birthdate into smaller groups for Zoo tours and activities.

Is there a cancellation policy?

Due to the high demand for camp spaces, all sales are considered final. Patrons who provide a written notice of cancellation to on or before November 1 will receive a 50% refund of their camp registration fees. No refunds will be issued after this date, including participants who miss all or partial programs due to illness. T-shirt purchases are not refundable. Houston Zoo reserves the right to cancel any program due to minimum enrollment, inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances, in which case a full refund will be issued. Cancellations are official upon receipt of confirmation from the Houston Zoo.

What should my camper bring each day?

Camp Zoofari Packing List:

Camp shirt (1 provided per week of registration)
Close-toes shoes
Reusable water bottle

Additional items campers are welcome to bring:

Weather-appropriate gear like hats, coats, rain coats, sunglasses, etc.
Sunscreen or bug spray. Please apply before dropping off your camper.  We are not able to apply.

Camp Zoofari asks that campers do not bring the following items:

Anything you or your camper would be upset to lose
Stuffed Animals
Personal Electronics
Smart Watches
Food for other Campers

A secure space is made available for each camp group to store their belongings throughout the day

What should my camper bring for lunch?

Camp Zoofari is a high energy experience! You can help us make it a successful experience by providing your camper a solid breakfast before camp and sending a solid lunch that you know they will eat. Camp Zoofari is not an ideal place to expose campers to new foods or test out new lunch options. Additionally, we do not have the facilities to microwave or reheat camper lunches.

Does my camper need to wear their camp shirt each day?

Yes, a camp t-shirt must be worn each day of Camp Zoofari. One shirt is included in the registration fee per week.  You may purchase additional shirts at the time of registration for $20 apiece. Sizes are Youth XS (2-4), S (6-8), M (10-12), L (14-16), and Adult S, M, and L. If you are unsure of what size to order, please order a size larger to allow room for your camper to grow.

What do you do in the event of severe weather?

If Houston Zoo is open, Camp Zoofari is operating. To determine if camp is in session, please visit Houston Zoo main page. Any closings will be announced on the homepage of our website and through Bloomz, our communication platform. Closings will also be communicated via the Houston Zoo Facebook page. Please send campers in appropriate weather gear each day.

In the event of severe weather while campers are on grounds, they will be escorted into our indoor camp spaces. Activity times will shift to allow campers to continue to enjoy their day while waiting for the worst of the weather to pass.

What have previous campers shared about the Camp Zoofari experience?

“He said that it was his favorite camp. He said, “Zoo camp makes everything better!” Wow! Quite a statement from him”

“This was her first Camp Zoofari – and she loved every minute, couldn’t wait to go back each day. She feels like she is a “zoo expert” now, which is fantastic!”

“My daughter LOVES Zoo Camp!! She chatters non stop about everything she learns each day. She is never this talkative and excited about other things. She is a walking, talking animal referencer book. We are recycling now and doing outside projects based on her interest from what she has learned.”

How can I get in contact with you?

To contact any members of our Camp Zoofari team, please email or call us at 713-533-6739.