– April 24, 2013
– Back and better than ever for the 2013 season, Philadelphia Zoo's "Wildlife Warriors Summer Camp
" now offers campers even more opportunities for hands-on learning and up-close personalized animal experiences. The revamped program offers one-week-long sessions that pack the fun of three weeks into five full days from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in June, July and August, including before and after camp options, for children ages 4 to 13 years-old. All programs are tailored to specific age groups.
This year, campers will utilize Philadelphia Zoo’s new children’s zoo, KidZooU: Hamilton Family Children’s Zoo & Faris Family Education Center, which opened to the public on Saturday, April 13. KidZooU is a year-round destination with both indoor and outdoor features that offer a multitude of experiences for animals and guests. Indoors guests will marvel at a world teeming with coral reef fish, colorful parakeets, desert ants and other extraordinary animals. The indoor education center will also serve as a wildlife academy focusing on the theme Saving Energy to Save Wildlife
. Campers will have interactive wildlife encounters in the exhibit and work side by side with KidZooU keepers, exploring behind the scenes in the Zoo to learn how their choices impact wildlife here and around the globe, fostering the next generation of wildlife stewards.
Additional program amendments for 2013 include special encounters with animals from across the Zoo such as feeding a giraffe, meeting hippos, rhinos, okapi and getting a closer look at rat or goat training demonstrations; hands-on science experiments that teach campers how climate change impacts animals; opportunities to assist keepers in preparing diets for KidZooU animals like budgies, sheep and goats – from chopping lettuce to counting live mealworms, campers will try their hand at a Zoo keeper’s routine.
Each week during Zoo hikes, campers will have a different mission to fulfill and will experience parts of life in the field. Campers are challenged to be eco-heroes, meeting weekly goals connected to simple, everyday choices around saving energy, water and recycling to save animals and the habitats in which they live. At each week’s end, their efforts will be acknowledged with a Wildlife Warriors graduation ceremony. From participating in a mock polar bear research study to finding a way to keep lions from eating livestock, they will have fun hile learning to solve real wildlife issues.
“It was important for us to shift the focus of our summer camp program to help our campers learn – in a fun way – that they can help save wildlife. Wildlife Warriors will learn the positive correlation between saving energy and conserving the planet’s wildlife population. With KidZooU as a vessel for creating empathy between children and animals, we’re investing in future generations, inspiring them to make choices that will help animals,” says Kristen Lewis-Waldron, Director of Education at Philadelphia Zoo. “We’re thrilled to welcome them to this new wildlife academy and offer this unique opportunity to be agents for change.”
Campers may sign up for multiple sessions if interested. Discounts apply to campers who register for multiple sessions. Full payments for all camp sessions must be received by June 1, 2013. For more information or to register please visit www.philadelphiazoo.org.
ABOUT THE PHILADELPHIA ZOO:
America's first zoo and one of the region's foremost conservation organizations, the Philadelphia Zoo is home to nearly 1,300 animals, many rare and endangered. By connecting people with wildlife, the Philadelphia Zoo creates joyful discovery and inspires action for animals and habitats. The Philadelphia region’s leading family destination, the Zoo welcomed more than 1.2 million visitors last year. The Philadelphia Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. To become a member, donate or to purchase tickets please visit www.philadelphiazoo.org