Zoo Camp at Hands on Exotics is very excited to meet or campers but first meet us! Learn about our awesome team below

Camp Director

Our Director is passionate about the environment. She is a beekeeper, vegan, and environmentalist!

Camp Nickname: Baloo

Avery has wanted to work with animals all her life. In high school she worked at a vet clinic and in university worked at multiple pet stores. She discovered her passion for animal education while working at Jungle Cat World’s Safari Zoo Camp for 4 years. Since then Avery has enrolled in teacher’s college at the University of Western and is pursuing a PhD in informal science education with a focus on the role of animals in education.

In her spare time Avery cares for her 16 tarantulas, scorpion, 3 lizards, snake, and dog, most of whom are rescues. She also enjoys beekeeping, board games, and snowboarding. Avery is excited for camp to start on July 3rd!


 Camp Counsellor 

One of our female camp counsellors, Celine (aka Nut)

Celine Do

Camp Nickname: Nut

Celine Do is a grade 11 student at Martingrove Collegiate who has a passion for volunteering and inspiring youth. She loves children, exploring the outdoors, and of course, animals! In her free time, she enjoys photography, practicing yoga, and hanging out with friends.


Camp Counsellor

Brayden Copelin

One of our male staff, Brayden (aka Fabio)

Camp Nickname: Fabio 

Brayden is another one of our camp counsellors. His favourite animal is the black bear. He is super excited to see all the campers’ reactions to meeting all of our amazing zoo residents for the first time and seeing how thrilled they will be to learn about them! An interesting fact about Brayden is that he spent a month in Bermuda studying marine biology even though he is a student at the University of Guelph in Business Studies.



Camp Counsellor

Stephanie Jones

Stephanie (aka Jazzy) hanging out with roos during her time abroad in Australia

Camp Nickname: Jazzy

Stephanie is a student at the University of Guelph studying horses. She hopes to get into animal therapy later in life. Before attending university she worked as a nanny for a year in Sydney, Australia, which is why her favourite animal is the kangaroo! Stephanie has worked at various other summer camps and has taught jazz (hence the nickname Jazzy), ballet, hip hop, and Zumba. She is so excited to bring her passion for animals and dance to camp this summer!



Camp Counsellor

Alex Bothelo

Alex (aka CJ) one of our male staff and our resident soccer expert

Camp Nickname: CJ

Alex has always loved animals but has not had a chance to work with them before. His favourite animal is the snow leopard. Alex is looking forward to teaching campers about endangered animals like the snow leopard. He hopes to bring his knowledge from his education in Urban Sustainability to camp and show campers how they can be more environmentally responsible.

He has worked at summer camps before including a soccer camp. Alex is going to be teaching us, including the kangaroos and pig, how to play soccer this summer!