Summer Safari

2024 Summer Camp Dates Will Be Released Soon

Day Camp for Children

Inspire A Future Conservationist

Learn lots and have a WILD adventure on Summer Safari at the Metro Richmond Zoo!


Does your child love animals and want to be a zookeeper? Need a day to yourself?

We have the perfect solution!

Register your child for Summer Safari, our day camp for children.

Each camper gets an exciting behind-the-scenes look at many animals such as the rhinos, cheetah, and penguins. The camp includes an in-depth guided tour of the park led by a zoo educator. Campers get to meet animal ambassadors and have their photo taken with one of them.

Summer Safari Discounts

Member Discount: Zoo members receive a discount voucher for 10% off Summer Safari registration. The unique voucher code is emailed to the individual who purchased the memberships. It is sent in the order receipt at time of purchase.

Group Discount: Save $5 per camper when you register 3 or more kids in the same transaction. Discount applied automatically online. Cannot be combined with other discounted tickets. All children registered will need individual permission forms signed and disclosed under which email their ticket has been purchased.

Junior Explorer Course Discount: We offer a discounted price for Junior Summer Safari children to participate on the Junior Explorer Course after the camp finishes. The discount is 20% OFF and is only available for immediate participation at the 2:00 PM training time on the day of the child’s camp visit. Unlike the Senior Summer Safari camp, this course is not part of their camp, so the same rules and restrictions for chaperones on the Junior Explorer Course pertain.


  1. Register for camp. You will be emailed the order confirmation
  2. Sign this permission form
  3. Arrive at the zoo at 9:15 AM for check-in. The camp starts at 9:30 AM.
  4. Bring a lunch for your camper
  5. Bring large water bottles filled with cool water
  6. Dress appropriately to be outside rain or shine: tennis shoes, hats/visors, sunscreen (no flip flops, crocs, or open-backed shoes)
  7. Fill out a pick-up authorization form and bring it with you if you require another person besides you to pick up your child
  8. FOR SENIOR SUMMER SAFARI ONLY: Sign this waiver for the Junior Explorer Course


Registration is available online or in person. Due to the popularity of this program, dates will not be held until payment is received. Registration and all forms listed in the section above MUST be on file before camper can participate. By completing the forms, you declare your child is physically and mentally able to participate in this camp that is away from parents.

This is a camp for children. Parents and chaperones are not allowed to participate and/or follow the group around the zoo. This is distracting to the group and interrupts the teaching activity for all campers.

The Metro Richmond Zoo reserves the right to cancel any Summer Safari program. Participants will be notified by phone call or email. In the event of cancellation by the Metro Richmond Zoo, you may reschedule to another Summer Safari date if available or request a full refund. Since all activities take place outdoors, cancellation may occur if inclement weather is present. In the event of campers who cancel their Summer Safari date or “do not show” a refund will not be given.

If you have any questions concerning your child’s registration, call us at (804) 739-5666 ext. 0.