Safari Zoo Camp is a fun and interactive program that allows children, teens and adults to get directly in touch with nature! Established in 1995 at Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park, this one-of-a-kind residential camp offers hands-on experiences with a variety of animals: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and exotic insects. This develops an intimate comprehension of the Earth's fragile living environment under the safe guidance of knowledgeable peers and professionals.
Safari Zoo Camp is nestled in a quaint spruce forest adjacent to Jungle Cat World, a wildlife park located on 15 picturesque acres in the Municipality of Clarington in historical Orono, just 45 minutes east of Toronto.
The zoo was established in 1983 and first accredited in 1989 by the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA). This non-profit organization was established to promote the welfare of animals and encourage the advancement and improvement of education, conservation and science. Certification is granted once a thorough inspection is made of the facility examining all facets of the institution, such as animal health, public safety and active conservation/education programs.
Most of the mammals and birds are housed in outdoor enclosures, while the reptiles, amphibians, arachnids and exotic insects are kept in a secure, temperature-controlled room.
The Education Centre is reserved for presentations, educational activities, indoor crafts and games. Next door is the Dining Hall where kids eat their meals.
Camper's sleep in simple, but comfortable, air-conditioned bunkhouses. Approximately 12 children reside in each with a minimum of two Activity Counsellors and one Assistant Counsellor. The washrooms and showers are located nearby. All the buildings meet fire and safety regulations. To the south is the small spruce forest with trails that lead to the large Siberian tiger and Gray wolf habitats. The focal point is the big campfire area, where we gather in the evening to talk and laugh, listening to both campers and staff play the guitar.
For the utmost safety, Safari Zoo Camp is situated outside the zoo's perimeter fence. However, many of the animals, particularly the tigers and wolves, can be seen up-close from the campground. Safari Zoo Camp is also kept seperate from the general public that visit the park daily. Only campers, counsellors, zoo staff and specially permitted guests are allowed on Safari Zoo Camp grounds.