Make a difference, become a Zoo volunteer
This National Volunteer Week (17 - 25 June) Auckland Zoo is celebrating the incredible contribution its 230+ team of volunteers, and volunteers all over New Zealand, make to our communities - for everything from wildlife and the environment to people, and much more!
Auckland Zoo is encouraging volunteers from around the country who are in Auckland, to visit the Zoo and bring a friend for free. All a volunteer needs to do to redeem their friend’s free pass, is show proof of being a volunteer.
"At Auckland Zoo, we’re enormously grateful to our very passionate and committed family of volunteers, who over the past year have contributed an amazing 36,000 hours," says Zoo director, Jonathan Wilcken.
"We couldn’t do what we do without the help of all these wonderful individuals who you can easily spot in their distinctive bright red uniforms. They really are our red gold! From engaging with visitors to mucking in on a multitude of practical tasks, creating enrichments for our animals and assisting our zookeepers – they make a vital contribution to the Zoo every single day. If you’re visiting the Zoo this week, we hope you’ll join us in thanking them."
Auckland Zoo still needs more people to join its great community of volunteers, and volunteer coordinator Jill Conway says there are roles for all ages (minimum age 18 years), personalities, and fitness levels.
"If you're an active people person and love learning, you might be keen to become a Zoo guide. If you'd like to share your passion for New Zealand native species, we have a Te Wao Nui volunteer programme. If you're interested in learning about primates and the importance of keeping these highly intelligent animals challenged, and would describe yourself as a detail person, you could be perfect for our Enrichment programme," says Jill.
Special offer to New Zealand volunteers: New Zealand volunteers can bring a friend for free to Auckland Zoo during National Volunteer Week on showing proof of being a volunteer.
Become a volunteer at Auckland Zoo: find more information on our volunteering roles and application forms.