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Volunteer at the Zoo
A volunteer assignment at the Zoo offers flexible hours — many Zoo departments work seven days a week. Most of our volunteer positions are available to individuals who are 18 years or older.
To request a volunteer information packet, please e-mail the Volunteer Director with your area of interest, full name, address, city, state and ZIP code so we can send the information to you without delay.
For those individuals who are under 18 years old, opportunties are avaialable. These opportunities include volunteering for Special Events or particpating in Summer Teen Learning Adventures. For Special Event information e-mail the Volunteer Director. For Teen Summer Learning Adventure information e-mail the Education Specialist.
2012 Volunteers of the Year
Sedgwick County Zoo would like to recognize David Knofflock, Andrea and Crissa Fortner with the 2012 Volunteer of the Year award. “We love our volunteers,” said Volunteer Director Bridget Landers. “I’m impressed by their dedication and enthusiasm to work together to make the Zoo the best it can be.”
David Knofflock, Sedgwick County Zoo’s 2012 Adult Volunteer of the Year, has given over 500 hours of service. He has volunteered for both Australia/South America Mammals and at a multitude of special events. David has made significant contributions to the Zoo with his consistently positive attitude and ingenuity for any special projects he is asked to help with. He goes out of his way to provide ideas, materials and profound knowledge to help better the lives of collection animals. This past year alone, he was key to the construction of bed structures for the anteaters, installation of new exhibit propping for several types of small primates and even built a “condo” for the meerkats’ bedroom area. He also brings great creativity to providing daily items to enrich the lives of the animals he helps take care of. David’s efforts are greatly appreciated by all who know him. Willing to help the Zoo out without question, he also volunteers to stay for late night events. The excellence and dedication David has shown make him truly deserving of this award.
Andrea and Crissa Fortner, have been selected as the 2012 Teen Volunteers of the Year. For the first time, we are honoring a set of twins for the exceptional job they have done. Starting their volunteer work by joining teen summer programs in 2009, they have consistently excelled each summer until becoming regular volunteers at the Children’s Farms in 2011. The girls produce quality work in a timely manner and can always be relied upon by keepers. They work well as a team or apart and even color coordinate their jackets to aid in telling them apart! Together they have donated over 1,600 hours and have been instrumental in helping with everything from daily routine to help with extra chores and special projects. During the week they are full time students and still make time to come to the Zoo every Sunday. Each girl is incredibly deserving of this recognition on her own, but together they make up our volunteer duo of the year!
In 2012 Sedgwick County Zoo had the privilege of working with a total of 971 volunteers who donated 38,882 hours. Volunteers help the Zoo by giving their time which in turn saves the Zoo money. The cumulative hours donated by the Sedgwick County Zoo volunteers in 2012 were equal to 19 fulltime employees. Thanks to all of you for what you do to help make the Zoo the No. 1 outdoor family tourist attraction in Kansas.
Become a Zoo ambassador! Do you love animals? Do you want to share your passion with others? Become part of the Sedgwick County Zoo Docent Program. Docents are trained education volunteers who help with all aspects of Zoo education. As a docent you will work with education animals, assist with a variety of education activities and meet others who share your interests.
To find out more about this exciting program, please contact the Education Department at 266-8213.
Sedgwick County Zoo
5555 Zoo Boulevard
Wichita, Kansas 67212
t: (316) 266-8216
Hours of Operation
Open 364 Days a Year!*
*The Zoo will be closed one day only, September 6, 2014 to facilitate the preparation of the annual Zoo fundraiser, Zoobilee. For Zoobilee ticket information please call 266-8APE (8273).