Taking action!

Many campers and staff become year-round activists, role models and leaders:

Lakeshore Clean-up Kyoto Rally International Day of Climate Action Anti-fur Demonstration Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu Greenpeace PETA

Look what's in our own backyard!

Canada contains more than 70,000 described species within the terrestrial and marine realms. Many Canadians know more about exotic plants and animals, like palm trees and zebra's, than what's in their own backyard. Canadian wildlife is something to be enjoyed, admired and respected.

Each summer Zoo Camp kids are asked to report any wild species they discover, both on the zoo grounds and in a nearby forest. Everything from butterfly's and trees to Great Horned Owl pellets and racoon footprints, have been found and photo-documented. This census allows children to become familiar with the local flora and fauna.

This data also gives us some idea of the biodiversity- the variety of living organisms- living in our region. This is an excellent way to monitor the health of our environment.

Are zoo's really necessary?

Unfortunately, yes. Zoos are acting as an emergency response compelled by an international crisis- the current rampant loss of life on Earth. Most scientists agree that we're losing approximately 30,000 plants and animals to extinction every year- one every 18 minutes!

Skeptical? The "hard" data is foreboding. The latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species shows that 17,291 species out of the 47,677 assessed species are threatened with extinction. These are only those that we have studied. Millions more have yet to be discovered.

Nature provides us, Homo sapiens, with clean air, fresh water, soil fertility and other necessities. Also, much of our emotional and spiritual development, our culture, was founded on our experiences and close relationship with nature. This serious loss of biodiversity, caused by human activities, is a serious threat to our surival.

Zoos are not a solution to this problem, just one of many tools in the effort to save our planet. Aside from their insitu and exsitu wildlife preservation, conservation, and restoration efforts, zoos offer us the opportunity to develop an understanding and relationship with the other life forms we share this planet with. It's an experience that is hoped will inspire concern and ecourage environmentally responsible behaviour.

Safari Zoo Camp's program is designed to inspire and encourage participants to become socially and environmentally responsible citizens. There is definitely a lasting emotional impact when working directly with animals that may become extinct in the next decade! We encourage campers to take an active roll in securing their future and not leave it up to those that compromised it in the first place.

During the summer months, Safari Zoo Camp is actively involved in improving the world we live in. Projects include: