Animal Studies

Animal Studies

2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10460, United States

From its earliest days, the Wildlife Conservation Society has been a leader in animal wellbeing. The flagship Bronx Zoo established its first veterinary department in 1901. At the time, the department consisted only of a pathologist and a veterinarian. Today, the Wildlife Health Sciences division includes departments of clinical care, pathology, nutrition, and field veterinary programs. The Wildlife Health Center, located on Bronx Zoo grounds, serves more than 15,000 animals from the four WCS zoos in New York. The state-of-the-art Aquatic Animal Health Center at the New York Aquarium opened in 2008 to meet the unique challenges of caring for its collection of marine animals. The high-tech hospital includes a laboratory and an operating room, several pools for patients with flippers, X-ray machines, and a kitchen for preparing meals for residents of all sizes, from a tiny seahorse to a 3,000-pound walrus.

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From toddlers to teens, we have unique summer camp experiences for all ages at the zoo! All camps are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. except Toddler Camp. Registration begins on January 2nd, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.Click here to register.

Zoo Camp experience includes:

  • Age appropriate, hands-on science activities
  • Up-close animal encounters
  • Wildlife Theater performances (Kinderzoo and older)
  • Exhibit visits
  • Arts and crafts
  • Camp t-shirt
  • Tons of animal fun!

Toddler Camp

Join us during the summer for a week of Toddler Camp! We’ll have a weekly theme and all campers receive a camp t-shirt!

Registration begins on January 2nd 2014 at 9:00 a.m. Click here to register.

Ages: 2 – 3 year olds, with caregiver
Dates: June 16 – 20
June 23 – 27
Time A: 10:15 a.m.– 11:15 a.m.
Time B: 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Fee: $125 members $150 non members




Registration begins on January 2nd 2014 at 9:00 a.m. Click here to register.

Ages: 4 – 5 year olds
Dates: June 16 – 20
June 23 – 27
July 7 – 11
July 28 – August 1
August 4 – 8
August 25 – 29
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fee: $400 members $425 non members



Week of Wildlife

Registration begins on January 2nd 2014 at 9:00 a.m. Click here to register.

Ages: 6 – 7 year olds
Dates: June 16-20 (A)
June 23-27 (B)
July 14-18 (A)
July 21-25 (B)
August 11-15 (A)
August 18-22 (B)
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fee: $400 members $425 non members

You can book up to two weeks of Week of Wildlife for your camper! Each letter designates the curriculum used for the week of camp.



Zoo Explorers

Registration begins on January 2nd 2014 at 9:00 a.m. Click here to register.

Ages: 8 – 10 year olds
Dates: July 7 – 11
July 14 – 18
July 28 – August 1
August 11 – 15
August 18 – 22
August 25 – 29
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fee: $400 members $425 non members



Junior Scientists

Registration begins on January 2nd 2014 at 9:00 a.m. Click here to register.

Ages: 11 – 12 year olds
Dates: July 21-25
August 4 – 8
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fee: $400 members $425 non members



Teen Internship

Registration begins on January 2nd 2014 at 9:00 a.m. Click here to register.

Ages: 13 – 17 year olds
Dates: June 30-July 18 (3-week internship, Monday – Friday)
July 21-August (3-week internship, Monday – Friday)
August 11-29 (3-week internship, Monday – Friday)
Time: 1st week – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
2nd and 3rd weeks 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Fee: $1800 members $2000 non members


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Zoo Camp Tips and Policies

What’s different about Zoo Camp this year?

We’ve made a couple changes to camp this summer to enhance the experience for everyone. This year, camp will separate campers into age appropriate groups to provide stronger curriculum, have a smaller camper to counselor ratio, include a special camp t-shirt, provide a special Wildlife Theater performance (Kinderzoo and older).

What will my child do all day at Zoo Camp?

Zoo Camp is full of fun! Your child will be introduced to the world of animals and science. Zoo Camp has age- themed programs including games, up-close animal encounters, hands-on science, along with crafts and songs. Since your camper doesn’t tell you everything, we’ll also distribute a parent letter on the first day that will go over the focus of each day, what exhibits we visit, what animals we met and some questions to test your camper’s knowledge.

Who is this camp for?

Zoo Camp is perfect for youth who have an interest, love or passion for animals and science. We offer a variety of activities that connect campers to nature, but it’s great when our participants come to us with an initial interest in animals since we are Zoo Camp!

How much interaction do campers have with animals?

Each day the campers will experience a close encounter with an animal from our education animal collection. Other special activities might include seeing an exhibit animal up-close for feeding, enrichment or training sessions. They will not be allowed to hold any animals but will have the chance to touch some of our creatures. The Teen Internship programs include a variety of behind the scenes components and opportunities to connect with animal keepers.

What is the counselor to camper ratio?

The counselor to camper ratio varies with age and registration. Our average group size is around seven campers to one counselor. For Kinderzoo, we have a ratio of 6 campers to 1 counselor, while Zoo Explorer has a ratio of 8 campers to 1 counselor. Each group also has volunteers who help supervise campers.

Is there a nap time?

We offer yoga and nap time for the Kinderzoo campers only. For all camps, we try to incorporate quieter activities where campers have some down time. Do you provide snack? We provide snack daily. We try our best to supply treats with few allergic interactions. Please make sure that all allergies are listed on the medical form and if your child does have food allergies, please pack a snack just in case. Since we don’t provide snack until mid-morning, please make sure that your camper eats a healthy breakfast before coming to camp.

Should I pack a lunch for my camper?

Yes, please. Please send your camper to Zoo Camp each day with a NUT-FREE lunch. Please do not send any snacks or foods containing peanuts or tree nuts. Many children have allergies to different types of nuts. We hope to ease parents’ concerns about allergic reactions. Sharing of lunch items is not permitted except amongst siblings.

What should my child wear to camp?

Dress appropriately for the weather. We will go outside rain or shine, so rain gear is needed sometimes. For younger campers, please make sure their clothing is easy for them to remove while using the restroom (zoo staff cannot assist campers in the restroom). On the first day of camp, your child will be given a special Zoo Camp t-shirt. We require your child to wear this shirt every day of camp. It increases visibility while touring the zoo. Extra shirts can be purchased for $15 while you register or on the first and second days of camp. Closed-toed shoes are required for your child’s safety.

Will you be outside all day?

Many of our activities include outside time. Please make sure your camper is wearing sunscreen. Counselors are not allowed to apply sunscreen, so please make sure you put it on your camper each morning. It is also a good idea to send your camper with a full, reusable water bottle. We make routine stops at the water fountains, but it does get hot during the summer and your child will be running around outside for most of the day.

Can I stay with my child during the day? May I eat lunch with my child?

For the safety of campers, we do not allow adults who are not camp staff to spend time with the camp group. This includes parents.

What if my child has special needs?

If you child has special needs (dietary, allergy, behavioral, physical, etc.) please notify us in advance by calling 718-220-5132. We want your child to have the best camp experience possible and can only do this if we know the unique needs of your child!


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First Day of Camp and Sign-In/Sign-out Procedures

Where should I go the first day of camp?

We will provide you with plenty of information in your Zoo Camp Parent Letter, which will describe the location of the camp and what to expect for the first morning. Please note that parents or guardians are REQUIRED to attend a 15 minute orientation from 10:00-10:15am. We will give you an overview of the program, discuss safety rules, camp policies and answer questions.

Where can I park?

Parking is available in the Southern Blvd Lot. Please make sure to display your parking pass when you drop your camper off.

What time can I enter the zoo?

On the first day of camp, the Southern Blvd Lot entrance will open at 9:30am so parents and campers can get in to finalize paperwork and get their t-shirt and name badge. On Tuesday through Friday, the entrance will open at 9:45am. We start camp promptly at 10am each day, so make sure to get here on time. If you’re running late, please let us know by calling 718-220-5132. YOU MUST WALK YOUR CAMPER TO THEIR CAMP LOCATION EACH DAY. Except for Teen Interns, campers are not allowed to be in the zoo by themselves.

What happens if I need to pick up my camper early?

If you would like to pick up your camper at a time other than the designated pick-up time, please notify your camper’s counselor. Upon your arrival at the zoo, notify the front gate and they will radio to your camper’s group so you can meet up with them.

What happens if I’m late picking up my camper?

Campers who are picked up more than 15 minutes past the pick-up time will be charged $45. We appreciate your attention to this matter.

Who can sign out my camper?

People signing out campers must be listed on the Camper Release Form and have to be 18 and over. When completing the Camper Release Form, parents/guardians need to list themselves as well. All adults signing out a camper should bring a photo ID with them to verify their identity. Teen Interns are allowed to sign themselves out with adult permission.

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4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149, United States

Its Miami’s premier attraction! Its a place where dolphins fly, where fearsome moray eels lurk in coral reef caverns, where shimmering schools of exotic fish dance through underwater seascapes, and its the only p;lace where you will see the graceful beauty of a Pacific white sided dolphin combined with the awesome power of the three ton killer whale.

Its a world class marine life entertainment park with eight different marine animal shows and presentations offered each day!

Located just ten minutes from downtown Miami on beautiful Virginia Key, we offer visitors hours of fun – and it’s educational too. Across 38 landscaped acres, the marine life entertainment park provides a fun-filled mix of exhibits, shows, attractions, food and shopping opportunities that have made it a Miami institution.

Summer Camp

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Summer Camp

Let your child enjoy sun-and-fun-filled days of education and conservation at Miami Seaquarium’s summer camp. Our weekly programs vary by age and skills levels so you can find the program that is just right for your child. He or she will enjoy:

  • Up-close animal interactions
  • Animal shows
  • Field & art activities
  • Complimentary camp t-shirt
  • A souvenir water bottle
  • Snacks

Camp Seaquarium 2014 Themes

Flipper and Friends

This week campers will learn all about dolphins! Dolphin classification, body function, senses, and conservation will be discussed. Campers will learn in detail about the three types of dolphins we have at Miami Seaquarium. Dolphin training techniques and husbandry will also be explored.

Oceans in Motion

This week campers will learn about the world’s oceans. Campers will discover why waves, tides, currents, and ocean landscape are important to marine animals and to our planet. Ocean conservation topics will also be explored during this week of camp!

Ocean Rangers

Campers will learn about some unique habitats of Florida and how to conserve these habitats. Coral reefs, mangroves, sea grasses, beaches, and the Everglades will be explored this week. Campers will also learn about the plants and animals that make their homes in these special habitats.

Summer Camp Open House: Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18, 2014

Open House Hours: 10:00 a.m. –  2:30 p.m.

Open House Flyer Coming Soon

Summer Camp Dates: June 9, 2014 to August 15, 2014

Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Ages: 5-18


  • $200 for the first week
  • $185 for any additional weeks
  • $180 per week for pass members
  • $185 Additional sibling

Optional Camp Upgrade

Campers in grades K-high school can enroll in our Dolphin Encounter program. They’ll have the opportunity to touch, feed, play and learn training techniques with these amazing animals. No height requirement. Special pricing for Seaquarium campers. Limited Spaces.

Campers in grades 4-high school can enroll in our Dolphin Odyssey program.They’ll have the opportunity to touch, feed, play and learn training techniques with these amazing animals. The experience is highlighted by an awesome dorsal pull that’ll show you the true power of these amazing creatures.Children must be 52″ to participate in this program. Special pricing for Seaquarium campers. Limited Spaces.



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Spring Camp

Spring Camp

Springtime brings excitement to Miami Seaquarium® with the return of spring camp. The week long camp consists of one marine mammal show a day, at least one animal interaction a day, arts and crafts, interactive games, and much more!

Campers also enjoy:

  • T-shirt,
  • One Kodak photo
  • Lunch, Beverages, & Snacks

2014 Dates

March 24- March 28, 2014

This year’s Theme: Take a Walk on the Wild Side!

Ages: 5-18

Time: 9:30 am-4:30 pm (early care starts at 8:30 am and late care ends at 5:30 pm for additional cost)

2015 Dates

March 23-27, 2015



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Day Camp

Day Camp

Turn a day off from school into an education-packed experience at Miami Seaquarium®. At our educational day camps, children enjoy exciting animal interactions, marine mammal shows, art projects, games, and marine biology fun. From marine invertebrates to marine mammals, our broadly varied theme weeks offer a new experience each time your child attends. Day Camp includes lunch, snack, photo, and a t-shirt.


  • Friday, February 7: Groovy Reptiles
  • Monday, February 17: Dolphin Dreamland
  • Friday, March 21: Shark-mania!
  • Thursday, September 25: more information coming soon
  • Friday, October 24: more information coming soon
  • Tuesday, November 4: more information coming soon
  • Tuesday, November 11: more information coming soon


  • Friday, January 16: more information coming soon
  • Monday, January 19: more information coming soon
  • Monday, February 16: more information coming soon
  • Tuesday, February 17: more information coming soon
  • Friday, March 20: more information coming soon

Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


$50 per child

Pass Member: $45 per child

Early and late care is available (additional cost)


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Winter Camp

Winter Camp

Winter break brings excitement to Miami Seaquarium with the return of winter camp. The week long winter camp includes one marine mammal show a day, one to two animal interactions a day, arts and crafts projects, interactive games and much more!

Campers also enjoy:

  • T-shirt,
  • One Kodak photo
  • Lunch, Beverages, & Snacks

2014-2015 Dates

Week A: December 22-26, 2014 (no camp on Thursday, December 25th)

Week B: December 29, 2014- Jan. 2, 2015 (no camp on Thursday, January 1st)

Camp Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


$175 per week. Additional sibling $160.

$160 per week annual pass holders. Additional sibling $160.

Early care 8:30-9:30 a.m. (additional $20)

Late care 4:30-5:30 p.m. (additional $20)

Combo early/late care (additional $35)



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