August 13, 2019

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium Summer Zoo Camp Reaches New Zoo Attendance Record

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(Pittsburgh) (2019)—The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium’s Animal Adventures Summer Camp set a new attendance record with 1,377 Zoo Campers for 2019, increasing attendance from last year by more than 100 campers.

Zoo Education staff attribute the increased numbers to the addition of new classes such as Zoo Crew and adding a second session of Zoo Vet Camp.

Zoo Crew in its first year sold out all three available sessions of 120 campers shortly after registration opened. Designed for ages 4 to 9, Zoo Crew focuses on Zoo careers such as keepers, aquarists, and educators. An additional session of Zoo Vet Camp was added and it too sold out quickly.

“We knew that our classes for the pre-teens to teenage campers needed to evolve to meet their interests,” says Margie Marks, Curator of Conservation Education. “Fun crafts, stories, songs and meeting our animal ambassadors are great for the younger campers, but we needed to develop classes that would intrigue and challenge our pre-teen and teenage age groups who are much more sophisticated. They want more in depth classes on animals and conservation and a call to action. They also want to learn about Zoo career opportunities.”

The Zoo Summer Camp ends mid-August. Registration for next year begins in January 2020.

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is American Humane Conservation-certified, accredited by the Alliance of Marine Mammals Parks & Aquariums, and a member of the American Humane and Zoological Association of America. For more information, visit zaa.org