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San Diego Zoo

san diego zooTake a walk on the wild side at the World Famous San Diego Zoo! Stroll along the Zoo’s paths lined with exotic plants as you observe more than 4,500 mammals, reptiles, birds, insects, and amphibians in their natural habitats. You’ll discover monkeys, hippos, and tigers in the Lost Forest, polar bears and reindeer at the Polar Rim, giant black-and-white pandas at Panda Canyon, and so much more!

Uncover the fascinating wonders from the Land Down Under at the San Diego Zoo’s newest exhibit, Conrad Presby’s Australian Outback. Follow the Koala Crossing signs to the Queenslander house where you’ll find yourself at eye level with the koalas as they sun, nap, and eat while perched up in the trees. With species including wombats, wallabies, kookaburras, and cockatoos along with 25 colorful bird species, the Australian Outback adds a fun new adventure to a day at the Zoo!

See a show!
  • Camp Critters
    Location: Discovery Outpost

    Camp Critters Sea Lion Show
    Daily at noon
    Opening Day! Join us as exotic animals, including California sea lions, attend camp at the San Diego Zoo!

  • Dr. Zoolittle Explores Australia
    Location: Koalafornia Boardwalk

    Saturdays and Sundays, 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. 
    Stop on by for a show that’s fun for the whole family!

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SUMMER CAMP PROGRAMS FOR KIDS:

  • Summer Camp: Kindergarten

    An Introduction to the World of Critters
    Meet the Beasts
    Meet all kinds of beasts: mammals, birds, and reptiles, too. Get up close to camels and feed treats to the giant tortoises.
    June 23–27, July 14–18, July 28–August 1, August 11–15
    The ABCs of Animals
    Meet animals from the Zoo’s amazing alphabet of critters. Included is an animal feeding and a ride on the Zoo’s miniature train.
    July 7–11, July 21–25, August 4–8

  • Summer Camp: 1st Grade

    A Close Look at Mammals
    Furry Friends 
    This camp is all about making friends on the furry side. Tigers, bus rides, and adventures with hippos will leave lasting impressions!
    June 23–27, July 14–18, July 28–August 1, August 11–15
    Mad about Mammals
    Explore spotted cats from the jungle and special encounters with prairie dogs that “dig” life underground as part of the week’s fun!
    July 7–11, July 21–25, August 4–8

  • Summer Camp: 2nd Grade

    Comparing Flying and Land Animals
    Things with Wings 
    Compare and contrast things with wings and creatures that prefer the ground, from flying monkeys to majestic birds that soar in the sky.
    June 23–27, July 14–18, July 28–August 1, August 11–15
    Friends that Fly 
    Compare friends that fly with friends that are ground-bound. From a laughing kookaburra to her tree-mate the koala, meet animals of every kind.
    July 7–11, July 21–25, August 4–8

  • Summer Camp: 3rd Grade

    Cool Animals with Bad Reputations
    Wildlife Weirdos 
    Being on the strange side of wildlife makes you extra cool! Treks into the Reptile House, bug catching, and watching snakes being served their special dinners will leave lasting impressions.
    June 23–27, July 14–18, July 28–August 1, August 11–15
    Animal Outlaws 
    Sometimes reptiles, amphibians, and insects are judged wrongly. This class will help to set the facts straight with lizard feedings and giant snake encounters with keepers.
    July 7–11, July 21–25, August 4–8

  • Summer Camp: 4th Grade

    Adaptations Help Animals Survive
    Animal Body Builders 
    Tongues that grasp, noses with amazing suction power, insects with horns, and much more will be explored in this fun camp dedicated to a closer look at adaptations.
    June 23–27, July 14–18, July 28–August 1, August 11–15
    Parts for Stayin’ Alive 
    Creature features so unbelievable they seem to be from another world! Encounters with omnivorous bears and an amazing insect are part of the incredible fun.
    July 7–11, July 21–25, August 4–8

  • Summer Camp: 5th Grade

    It’s a Zoo in Here! 
    It’s an amazing city at the San Diego Zoo, and you’ll get an inside look. From keepers to trainers, we’ll cover most of the Zoo and discover which career has the most thrills.
    June 23–27, July 14–18, July 28–August 1, August 11–15
    Animal Body Builders 
    Tongues that grasp, noses with amazing suction power, insects with horns, and much more will be explored in this fun camp dedicated to a closer look at adaptations.
    June 23–27, July 14–18, July 28–August 1, August 11–15
    Backstage at the Zoo 
    Backstage is where we’ll go as we explore the Zoo from the backside of things. We’ll look at everything from the most dangerous Zoo jobs to the most glamorous.
    July 7–11, July 21–25, August 4–8
    Parts for Stayin’ Alive 
    Creature features so unbelievable they seem to be from another world! Encounters with omnivorous bears and an amazing insect are part of the incredible fun.
    July 7–11, July 21–25, August 4–8

  • Summer Camp: 6th Grade

    The Weird Ways of Wildlife 
    Some animal behaviors look weird, but they’re connected to survival. Get to know our gorilla troop with special roof-top viewing, and ride the Skyfari for a closer look at polar bear behavior.
    June 23–27, July 14–18, July 28–August 1, August 11–15
    It’s a Zoo in Here! 
    It’s an amazing city at the San Diego Zoo, and you’ll get an inside look. From keepers to trainers, we’ll cover most of the Zoo and discover which career has the most thrills.
    June 23–27, July 14–18, July 28–August 1, August 11–15
    Home Sweet Habitat 
    Get ready to explore animal habitats. We’ll lure some animals out into the open by feeding them and talk to keepers and look behind the scenes at our man-made habitats.
    July 7–11, July 21–25, August 4–8
    Backstage at the Zoo 
    Backstage is where we’ll go as we explore the Zoo from the backside of things. We’ll look at everything from the most dangerous Zoo jobs to the most glamorous.
    July 7–11, July 21–25, August 4–8

  • Summer Camp: 7th Grade

    How Animals Make a Home and a Living
    The Weird Ways of Wildlife 
    Some animal behaviors look weird, but they’re connected to survival. Get to know our gorilla troop with special roof-top viewing, and ride the Skyfari for a closer look at polar bear behavior.
    June 23–27, July 14–18, July 28–August 1, August 11–15
    Home Sweet Habitat 
    Get ready to explore animal habitats. We’ll lure some animals out into the open by feeding them and talk to keepers and look behind the scenes at our man-made habitats.
    July 7–11, July 21–25, August 4–8

  • Epic Teen Camp: 8th–12th Grade

    Wildlife Challenges
    Working with animals is rewarding and challenging! How do you remove a 13-pound tooth from a 2-ton animal? How do you introduce fierce carnivores to each other for breeding? How do you ship animals across the world to another zoo? These are some of the team challenges you’ll face in this fast-paced adventure. Over-sized mammals, unfriendly animal coverings, and dangerous reptiles are a few of the program highlights.
    July 14–18
    Race for Wildlife
    Animals face unbelievable challenges—some are on the brink of extinction! See how well YOU do as you explore the daily challenges faced by animals in the wild. This adventure will give you the sense of the life-and-death challenges that come with survival in the wild! Predators that can also find themselves prey, prey that use tricks to stay alive, and adaptations that seem too impossible to be true are some program highlights.
    July 21–25

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    TEEN PROGRAMS:

    • Our special Zoo career-exploration program is for high school juniors and seniors in the San Diego area.

    • Teens teach Zoo guests about topics like animal diets, animal enrichment, wildlife conservation, and endangered species.

 

 (619) 231-1515  www.sandiegozoo.org  Public Transit bus route #7.

photo courtesy of: Amber Bowman

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