2020 Summer Camps – 6th, 7th, & 8th Grade

Get Ready for aWILD Summer!

6th, 7th, & 8th Grade
2020 Summer Camps at ZooTampa

A 1st grader smiles in amazement while he feeds a giraffe at ZooTampa Summer Camp

2020 Summer Camps Are Sold Out

Your kids will explore the Zoo like never before! Get nose-to-horn with a majestic Indian Rhino or hand-to-fin with playful stingrays. Learn from professionals what it takes to become a Zoo veterinarian or animal care expert! Kids will get VIP access to the Zoo, up-close with awesome animals, and plenty of splashes on our all-new water adventure, Roaring Springs!

Summer Camps at a Glance

Camps are for 4th - 8th Grade

Camps are 9am-4pm, Mon-Fri

Prices are per camp, per child, and vary by camp

Camps are 1 week each. They begin June 8th and end July 31st

Every ZooTampa Summer Camp creates a truly unforgettable summer through unique opportunities such as building and creating enrichment for the animals in our care, participating in animal behavior observations, and experiencing amazing up close animal encounters!

6th - 8th Grade Camps

  • Gain knowledge on animal behavior training techniques from the animal care team
  • Apply the skills learned on our animal ambassadors (Certain camps only)
  • Observe our Animal Care Team applying the same techniques

Summer Camp participants will...

  • Experience different species up-close!
  • Engage in keeper chats!
  • Create connections with animal ambassadors and wildlife!

Actual experiences vary for each camp. See camp descriptions below for more info.

Summer camps are ALL-INCLUSIVE! Each camper will receive:

  • Lunch & snack each day of camp
  • ZooTampa Summer Camp T-shirt
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Water bottle carrier
  • Free before & aftercare available from 8:30am-9am and 4pm-5pm
  • A complimentary ticket to visit ZooTampa on another summer day
  • Sleepover option at ZooTampa on a select Friday night
    Sleepover for 4th-8th grade only. More info will be emailed after registering.

For more information about ZooTampa Summer Camps:

Contact Jamie Elkington

813-933-8093 Jamie.Elkington@Zootampa.org

6th - 8th Grade Camps

Children must have completed 6th, 7th or 8th grade as of May 2020

Enrollment Price


* Prices increase on April 1st

Zoo Crew

June 8 - 12 SOLD OUT July 6 - 10

Dive deeper into the profession of animal care and learn how animal researchers, veterinarians, and animal care staff spend their days caring for over 1300 animals at ZooTampa.

  • Go behind the scenes and shadow our Animal Care Specialists and see what it’s like to provide the best care for our animals.
  • Design, create and observe animal enrichment to encourage, preserve and challenge their natural animal instincts.
  • Meet & mingle with animal ambassadors up-close.
  • Sleepover option at ZooTampa on a select Friday Night.

Animal Ambassadors

June 15 - 19 SOLD OUT July 13 - 17

It’s show time! Get ready for an up-close encounter with some of our Animal Ambassadors. Learn the facts and practice perfecting your animal handling techniques. Get ready to shine as you star in a LIVE animal show in our very own Saunders Conservation Theatre for Zoo guests and parents!

  • Interacting with the small mammals and reptiles from our famous animal ambassador team.
  • Refine your script writing and presentation skills and end the week with a grand finale – a LIVE animal show starring YOU!
  • Meet & mingle with animal ambassadors up-close.
  • Sleepover option at ZooTampa on a select Friday Night.

Animal Behaviorists

June 22 - 26 SOLD OUT July 20 - 24

Did you know that our elephants show us their feet in order to get pedicures? Or that our rhinos lend us an ear so that we can take a blood sample? Our dedicated animal care team work with animals to voluntarily participate in blood samples, ultrasounds, check-ups and more!

  • Learn the fundamentals of animal behavior and training first-hand as they work alongside the Zoo’s animal care team
  • Demonstrate training skills on animals in our care such as curious chickens or clever rats.
  • Meet & mingle with animal ambassadors up-close.
  • Sleepover option at ZooTampa on a select Friday Night.


After adding camps to your shopping cart you’ll see links underneath each camp which say "Enter Roster Info". It’s required that you submit roster info for each camp. List all people that are permitted to pick up your child from camp. Each adult will be asked to show ID when signing out a child from camp. Unauthorized will be turned away.

Liability Waiver

Camp Waiver

Camp Handbook

Summer Camps are full.
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My child very much enjoyed this camp. She was excited every morning to attend camp. She was able to experience things she had never gotten to do before even though she had been to the zoo numerous times.

Summer Camp Teen Volunteer Program

If you love working with children, and are passionate about animals and the environment, then the Summer Camp Teen Volunteer Program might be for you! Must be 14 years of age or older.

Learn More & Register for Summer Camp Teen Volunteer Program