Every person decides to come to the volunteer for different reasons.  They might want to be more involved in their community, or they believe in the zoo’s mission.  All the volunteers hope to make a valuable contribution to the zoo and donate their time and talents.  The zoo appreciates their volunteers and they make an amazing difference.  The surprising part of it is the unexpected benefits a person receives when volunteering!

  • Volunteering helps you build new skills.  At the zoo, you can volunteer in an area that interests you the most.  More than likely, you will end up learning a lot about animals, zoos and conservation.  You may learn about running events, team building, interacting with the public or how to handle animals.
  • Donating your time at the zoo strengthens your sense of community.  You are around a lot of people (staff and volunteers) that have the same interests you do.  Also, you will see the amazing non-profits and other organizations that hold events there.  It doesn’t take long for volunteers to stop thinking of it as helping at the zoo and start regarding it as spending time at our zoo.
  • You will definitely have new experiences at the zoo.  Ever try to herd a peacock or babysit a red panda?  Your abilities may lend themselves to more of an office environment or setting up for a wedding than working with animals.   But, don’t be surprised if you see an opossum in the nature store.

The zoo is always looking for new volunteers and taking applications.  If you want to donate your time and experience being part of the zoo community, find out more information!