N.C. Zoo announces second field research camp for young scientists


The North Carolina Zoo this summer held a Field Research Camp for budding and based on the positive response from campers, the zoo has announced a second camp, to be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18 and 19.

The camp allows youth to experience the same methods that field researchers use to study lions, wolves, turtles and other animals in the wild. Campers will spend two days and one night at the zoo researching wild animal populations. Participants can expect hands-on experience with camera traps, drones, night-vision goggles and radio telemetry, among other technologies employed by scientists.

During their overnight stay, participants will camp in tents and conduct research at the zoo's Watani Grasslands Reserve, where seven species of African antelope, Southern white rhinos and ostriches roam a 40-acre habitat.

The Zoo's Field Research Camp is suitable for 10th, 11th and 12th-graders and college freshmen. It will be limited to 16 participants in order to ensure each camper plenty of time to interact with staff and experiment with the 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. Funds raised by the camp will support the North Carolina Zoo's wildlife conservation programs around the world. To apply for the camp visit www.nczoo.com or call Jayne Parker with the Zoo Society at 336-879-7273.

Photo courtesy of N.C. Zoo

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