Louisville Zoo Cancels July and August Summer Camps

CONTACT: Kyle Shepherd
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The Louisville Zoo announced today that it will be canceling all 2020 July and August summer camps out of an abundance of caution to help further prevent the spread COVID-19. The Zoo previously cancelled its May and June camps and makes this decision based on the latest updates from public health authorities on COVID-19 responses.

“Safari Day Camps at the Zoo have been a part of so many people’s lives for over 30 years. We know children look forward to their camp experiences with us and we enjoy helping them learn and grow as scientists and advocates for animals and the environment in fun, hands-on, experiential ways, “ said Zoo Director John Walczak. “We had to make the difficult decision to cancel this year, however, our team is exploring a variety of new ways children can stay connected with us, their favorite zoo educator and animals, now and in the future.”

Registrants for the cancelled summer camps will receive an email from the Zoo about refunds and additional options. Participants may also convert their camp registration into a donation to the Zoo or defer it for 2021 camp programs.

The various camp sessions for children pre-kindergarten through grade 6 were originally scheduled for May through August.

Guests can visit louisvillezoo.org/together to find ways to stay connected with the Zoo including the Facebook live schedule:

Mondays at 2 p.m. — “Ask the Zoo Director” with Louisville Zoo Director John Walczak

Tuesdays at 2 p.m. — Teaching Tuesday

Wednesdays at 2 p.m. — Creature Feature

Thursdays at 11 a.m. —  Lift Up Lou animal segment streamed on Lift Up Lou Facebook page and on the Zoo’s Facebook page

Fridays at 2 p.m. — Fitz Friday check-in at the elephant exhibit

Recorded activities that families can do together at home will be available on Saturdays and Sundays. The Louisville Zoo season is presented by Ford Motor Company and T-Mobile.

The latest updates on the Zoo programming changes due to COVID-19 including answers to frequently asked questions, as well as new information events and virtual activities are available at louisvillezoo.org/together.

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The Louisville Zoo, a non-profit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).