Asheboro, NC — A new “Wild Animal Science Camp” to be offered to rising 10th, 11th and 12th-graders and college freshmen in August at the North Carolina Zoo is the first of its kind anywhere, according to zoo officials.

Campers will spend two days and one night at the N.C. Zoo’s new field research camp tracking animals and engaging in the same activities field biologists use to research wildlife populations. Slated for Saturday and Sunday, August 2-3, 2014, participants will use radio telemetry, camera traps, drones, night-vision equipment, GPS equipment and other techniques to study native wildlife as well as the zoo’s exotic animals.

During their overnight stay, participants will camp in tents and conduct research by the zoo’s Watani Grasslands Reserve where seven species of African antelope, Southern white rhinos and ostriches roam a 40-acre habitat. Camp activities are suited for upper level high school students and college freshmen who envision careers working with wildlife. Counselors are selected from top veterinary students and zoo field biologists who can offer insight into a variety of zoo and wildlife-focused careers.

The Wild Animal Science Camp will be limited to 12 participants in order to ensure time for campers to interact with staff and experiment with technical equipment. Applicants should have a grade point average of B or higher and secure a recommendation from a science teacher or career counselor.

Tuition for the camp is $419 for N.C. Zoo Society Members and $469 for non-members. The camp is sponsored by the Society, the N.C. Zoo’s non-profit support organization. To apply for the camp visit the Zoo Society’s website at or call Jayne Parker with the Zoo Society at 336-879-7273.

The zoo is an agency of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, John E. Skvarla, III, Secretary; Pat McCrory, Governor.