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Abilene Zoo launching improved volunteer program

By Dora Miller, dmiller@ktxs.com
Published On: Mar 11 2014 02:50:58 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 11 2014 07:46:10 PM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

The Abilene Zoo is looking for volunteers who are interested in helping directly with animals and behind the scenes.

They are looking for people 18 years and older who are interested in cleaning and feeding, research and data collecting, organizing and interacting with tour groups.

"We have opportunities where they can come guide school groups or answer questions about the animals or different things going on here," said Joy Harsh, education curator.

Harsh said volunteers won't start off working with the large animals on exhibit. Instead, smaller ones are in need of attention. Animals like rats, birds, guinea pigs, ferrets and snakes are among those that volunteers will be working with.

"These animals are ones that the public sees when we have them out on grounds or for camps and classes, so it's not your typical zoo animals," Harsh said.

If you happen to be scared of certain animals, Harsh said the opportunity might broaden your horizons.

"The education animals that we have help create a deeper connection with our general public because when we talk about snakes for example, a lot of people have this fear of snakes and being able to actually see and touch a snake kinda diminishes some of that," Harsh said.

There will be two informational meetings held for those who have questions orĀ  interest in the program at 6 p.m. March 18 and at 2 p.m. March 22.

For more information, click on this link to the Abilene Zoo website.