About

Zoo Camp at Hands on Exotics is a summer camp dedicated to creating an immersive learning environment that is enriching for both campers and zoo residents! During this day camp, campers will learn all about animals at the zoo such as kangaroos, lemurs, birds of prey, snakes, and many more. All attendees will have the opportunity to interact closely and safely with a variety of zoo animals from feathered friends, to furries, to creepy crawlies.

Every day will host a new set of engaging, educational activities such as zookeeping, animal enrichment, environmentalism and conservation, and camp activities like arts & crafts and sports. Children and teens will step into the role of a zookeeper and provided they show an aptitude and interest, help conduct outreach presentations of their own or members of the community.

Our summer camp welcomes campers ages 6 – 16 and pride ourselves on providing a safe, inclusive environment. Each and everyone of our staff is trained to build a community that embraces and celebrates differences. We are wheelchair accessible. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding our all inclusive policy.

Camp will be near by our zoo location. Though we are not open to the general public, campers will get a behind the scenes look at how a zoo works. Our camp area will be a separate building from the zoo and will be where we conduct programming such as arts & crafts and camp games. During day trips we will walk from camp to the zoo. Campers will get to go into the zoo to learn how to be a zookeeper while they care for and interact with our animals.

Zoo Location
26 Belvia Rd
Etobicoke, ON
M8W 3R3
Camp Location
432 Horner Ave
Etobicoke, ON
M8W 2B2


We hope that all participants will leave camp feeling empowered to make a difference for the planet and in their communities.

Register for camp today!

Registration


Activities

Animal feeding · Enclosure maintenance · Animal interactions · Educational presentations · Conservation and environmentalism · Science experiments · Animal Enrichment · Camp games · Arts & crafts · Outreach

Camp after care is available for an additional fee which would give parents an extra hour (until 6:00) to pick up campers

Note: The schedule is subject to change based on factors such as weather and camper mood. Groups of campers may participate in different activities at the same time based on age group and/or camper preference (eg a group playing sports and a group doing crafts)