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Toledo Zoo seeks volunteers

The Toledo Zoo is accepting applications for adults interested in volunteering at the Zoo. This is a great way for people 18 and over to get involved in the community and meet new people while learning about animals and conservation.

Three primary volunteer programs are available: Exhibit Guides, Zoo Educators (Zoo Eds) and clerical volunteers.

Exhibit Guides work on Zoo grounds to educate the public about Zoo animals and maintain visitor traffic flow through the exhibits in a timely, friendly manner. Exhibit Guides also help ensure the safety of the animals and the visitors while promoting a positive viewing experience for everyone. The primary areas needing Exhibit Guides this year are the all-new Penguin Beach and ‘Keet Retreat sponsored by BP.

Zoo-Eds work on and off Zoo grounds to engage visitors, assist with educational activities and biofacts (biological artifact), introduce visitors to live program animals, and offer scripted interpretive programs at key Zoo exhibits. The primary areas needing Zoo-Eds this year are the all-new Penguin Beach and ‘Keet Retreat sponsored by BP.

Clerical volunteers help prepare mailings, stuff envelopes, collate and organize binders and enter data. "When people consider volunteering at the Zoo, they typically think about the animal areas or our education department," Bill Davis, the Zoo's volunteer manager, said. "But the Zoo has several offices that also want help – clerical volunteers are wonderful people for whom we have a real need."

For more information about volunteer programs, visit or contact Bill Davis at 419.385.5721 or

Interactive volunteer/visitor experiences like these are just some of the reasons the Toledo Zoo is rated the #1 zoo in the nation by USA Today Travel, and among the top ten family attractions nationwide by FamilyFun Magazine. More information is at

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