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Zoo News is Good News: Oregon Zoo camps get boost from Banfield Pet Hospital

| February 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

By Oregon Zoo StaffZoo camp

With spring just around the corner, Northwest campers should be prepared for encounters with black bears, cougars and bobcats — not to mention sea otters, elephants and giraffes. The Oregon Zoo’s popular Nature Rangers spring break camps return March 26-30, and summer camps start June 13.

Banfield Pet Hospital renewed its year-round commitment to the zoo as a signature partner and is once again the presenting sponsor for zoo camps, including the popular Wildlife Careers and Creature Care camps, both of which feature visits from Banfield veterinary team members.

“Banfield’s partnership with the zoo is helping to provide exciting and inspiring educational opportunities for kids from around the region,” said Grant Spickelmier, zoo education curator. “Together, we are committed to developing the next generation of leaders in animal care and wildlife conservation.”

The zoo’s new education center, which opened last March, serves as a focal point for the camps. The award-winning space features a nature-play area, species-conservation lab, insect zoo and brand-new classrooms nestled into a wooded hillside.

“The center represents our region’s commitment to conservation education, and we are especially excited by the new opportunities it provides campers,” Spickelmier said.

Camp activities — specifically planned for the interests of each age group — include games, tours, stories, songs, animal visitors and take-home art projects inspired by the day’s theme. Campers will also get to try out scientific technologies like thermal imaging, temperature and light sensors, and video microscopes. At the Wildlife Careers and Creature Care camps, Banfield veterinarians help kids explore animal-related careers and teach them about veterinary care and responsible pet ownership.

For more information and to register for camp, visit

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