Lee Richardson Zoo looking for volunteers

1/2/2014

By KELTON BROOKS

By KELTON BROOKS

kbrooks@gctelegram.com

Lee Richardson Zoo is hoping to find some individuals willing to give a helping hand.

The zoo will have its annual volunteer coffee and open house at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Finnup Center for Conservation Education, 312 E. Finnup Drive.

Individuals interested in learning more about volunteering at the zoo are encouraged to attend. Attendees will get to meet animals used in the zoo's education programs, learn about ways they can help the zoo, visit with current volunteers and tour the education center.

"Volunteering for the zoo is a great way to help us continue to provide the high level of services which we are known for, while also taking part in amazing one-of-a-kind animal experiences," said Tarra Tyson, manager of educational outreach and camps.

Volunteers are needed to help in a variety of ways, including setting up for special events, presenting animal programs and providing animal enrichment.

"We always need volunteers. Everything from filing paperwork to setting up tables, handling our program animals, or running a giraffe feeding experience is valuable," Tyson said.

Both weekend and weekday volunteers are needed. No prior experience or scientific knowledge is necessary, and volunteers will receive training to develop skills and knowledge. Volunteers must be 16 or older and able to attend training sessions beginning in mid-January.

For more information, call Tyson at 276-1250 or email tarra.tyson@gardencityks.us.

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