Safari Zoo Camp
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SAFARI ZOO CAMP

   ...a wildlife adventure!

About Us

A wildlife adventure!

About Us

Founded in 1995, Safari Zoo Camp at Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park is an exciting and unique experiential education program, which specializes in hands-on learning experiences with wildlife. The only residential summer camp of its kind in the world, participants work alongside professional zoo keeping staff to care for a variety of animals, many rare and endangered. Duties include feeding, watering, cleaning and behavioural enrichment projects.

Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park is accredited by Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums / Aquariums et Zoos Accrédités du Canada (CAZA/AZAC), whom represent the leading zoological parks and aquariums in Canada. CAZA/AZAC promotes the welfare of, and encourages the advancement and improvement of, zoological parks, aquariums and related animal exhibits in Canada as humane agencies of recreation, education, conservation, and science.

Safari Zoo Camp is fully accredited by the Ontario Camps Association. Members adhere to the highest standards of safety, supervision and quality programming. Since 1934, the Ontario Camps Association has been recognized worldwide as a leader in organized camping.

  • 1985
  • Local interest in a small private collection of exotic animals owned by the Klose family encourages the development of a wildife park. After years of hard work and preparation, Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park opens its doors to the public.
  • 1989
  • Accredited by Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums / Aquariums et Zoos Accrédités du Canada (CAZA/AZAC), whom represent the leading zoological parks and aquariums in Canada. CAZA/AZAC promotes the welfare of, and encourages the advancement and improvement of, zoological parks, aquariums and related animal exhibits in Canada as humane agencies of recreation, education, conservation, and science.
  • 1995
  • Safari Zoo Camp is founded. It is the only residential summer camp of its kind in the world.
  • 2010
  • Institutional member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). Their mission is to guide, encourage and support the zoos, aquariums, and like-minded organizations of the world in animal care and welfare, environmental education and global conservation. More than 700 million visitors pass through the gates of the zoos and aquariums united in the WAZA network each year.
  • 2012
  • Fully accredited by the Ontario Camps Association. Members adhere to the highest standards of safety, supervision and quality programming. Since 1934, the Ontario Camps Association has been recognized worldwide as a leader in organized camping.

Meet the

Team Directors

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Marina Rose

Camp Director

Marina began her career in animal care working as a co-op student for a zoo back in 2007. Letting her passion for her work guide her she went on to become a full time Zookeeper, a Zoo Camp Counsellor and eagerly worked her way up to Director in 2013.

While completing her background degree in Honors Communications, Marina helped run many organizations including Ecohawks, which worked to bring environmental awareness to universities and reduce their environmental impact.

With an eagerness to teach children about the amazing wonders of wildlife and the environment, Marina looks forward to another summer directing Safari Zoo Camp.

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Peter Klose

Program Director
Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park

Since 1988, Peter has worked with his family at Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park. From 2002 to 2009, he was the Director of Safari Zoo Camp.

Peter is an active volunteer and has served as a board member with such groups as the Clarington Animal Advisory Committee, Canadian Organization for Tropical Education and Rainforest Conservation, Durham Environmental Advisory Committee and Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums.

Peter is an avid explorer and wildlife enthusiast. Most recently he was in Turkmenistan on a National Geographic expedition.

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Ashlee Hendry

Senior Office Administrator

Ashlee started as a co-op student in 1998. After finishing the Animal Care Technician Program at Sheridan College in 2002, she was hired full-time and quickly became the Head Zookeeper.

Recognizing the value of her extensive experience and knowledge in all facets of zoo operations, she was promoted to manage the office in 2009. Ashlee is a highly effective front-line employee, being able to answer any questions and help our guests make the necessary arrangements to connect them to our many great programs, staff and animals.

The Experience

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    young animals

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    education centre

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    herpetofauna

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    wildlife presentations

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    birds of prey

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    enrichment

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    dining hall

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    primates

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    climbing wall

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    bunkhouse

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    parrots

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    public feeding tour

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    talent show

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    invertebrate

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    treetop trekking

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2018 Sessions

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SAFARI CLUB
Ages 6-8

Small groups with age appropriate activities and special supervision.

  • Session 1: July 1 – July 7
  • Session 2: July 8 – July 14
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  • $850.00 + 13% tax
  • per camper/session
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KIDS CAMP
Ages 9-12

Encouraging campers to explore their ambitions and help develop the necessary confidence, knowledge and skills to pursue them.

  • Session 1: July 1 – July 7
  • Session 2: July 8 – July 14
  • Session 3: July 15 – July 21
  • Session 4: July 22 – July 28
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  • $850.00 + 13% tax
  • per camper/session
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TEEN CAMP
Ages 13-16

Designed to inspire campers to become socially and environmentally responsible citizens, building on the emotional impact of working with endangered species.

  • Session 5: July 29 – August 4
  • Session 6: August 5 – August 11
  • Session 7: August 12 – August 18
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  • $900.00 + 13% tax
  • per camper/session
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TEEN CAMP
Ages 14-17

A more advanced program to accommodate mature participants and College/University level students.

  • Session 8: August 19 – August 25
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  • $900.00 + 13% tax
  • per camper/session
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Payment Details

  • There is a $50.00 discount, per registration, for siblings, repeat campers and Jungle Cat World members.

  • A $200.00 deposit is required (per camper/session) to secure enrolment.

  • Full payment must be received prior to June 1st. There is a monthly instalment option available which starts February 1.

  • All prices are in Canadian funds.
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Enrolment Form

All participants are required to submit a completed Enrolment Agreement Form before the start of their session to be able to participate. It is strongly recommended that you print the form now and mail it in early, rather than submit it on registration day.

Youths that DO NOT have a completed Enrolment Agreement Form signed by their parent/legal guardian on registration day will not be allowed to stay.

Enrolment Form (for youths)

Enrolment Form (for adults)
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Financial Support

Kids in Camp is a registered charity which subsidizes camp experiences for children and youth. They are dedicated to assisting families, who otherwise would not be able, to send their kids to an OCA accredited camp.

If you're applying for this partial subsidy, please begin the process early so the Camp Director can submit the necessary information by the March 24th deadline.

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Welcome Campers!

Preparation Guide

Welcome to the Safari Zoo Camp family! We are excited about the upcoming summer season, full of fun and adventure! Please refer to the Preparation Guide for information that will help you prepare for camp and ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay.

Preparation Guide

Schedule

Under the safe guidance of knowledgeable peers and professionals, kids have the opportunity to enjoy such activities as zookeeping, treetop trekking, climbing wall, hiking, canoeing, caving, mountain biking, swimming, outdoor survival, paintball, Earth stewardship projects, arts & crafts.

The schedule offers a general outline what participants can expect. Program content varies according to the age (maturity) and abilities of the individual and/or group.

Schedule

Employment

We are always eager to welcome talented, enthusiastic and dedicated individuals to the Safari Zoo Camp team!

Job Applications are only accepted in February. Candidates are selected and interviewed in March. Hiring is complete by April 1.

Please review Job Information and Requirements to familiarize yourself with the program and our expectations. To apply, complete the Job Application and email it with a Resume and Cover Letter.

Send Job Application

Contact Us

(+1) 905 983 8217
info@zoocamp.com
3667 Concession Road 6,
P.O. Box 370,
Orono, Ontario,
L0B 1M0,
Canada

Get in Touch

With Us

We are eager to answer any questions you might have or assist with the registration process. We guarantee professional, polite and efficient service. Thank you for your interest and support!