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General Volunteers

General Volunteer Program Information

Qualifications: Anyone 16 years and over is welcome to apply. Applicants must enjoy working with children and adults of all ages.

Required Hours Per Year: 96

Training: Training is provided on the job.

Special Requirements: For the safety of our visitors and animals, all volunteers must provide an annual negative tuberculosis test and must also be fingerprinted by the City of Los Angeles upon acceptance to the program.

NOTE: space in this program is limited. For more information, please call (323) 644-4773 or send an email to [email protected].

General Volunteers help with a number of activities throughout the Zoo. We are currently recruiting for the following assignments:

  • Muriel’s Ranch (contact yard): One of the most popular attractions at the L.A. Zoo is Muriel’s Ranch, our contact yard. This is one of the few places visitors get the chance to touch and interact with animals. Goats, sheep, rabbits, and a miniature horse roam the yard and volunteers play liaison between the animals and the patrons. It’s a great opportunity to learn about animals and interact with the public.
  • Special Events: The L.A. Zoo hosts a number of special events throughout the year, such as Big Bunny’s Spring Fling, Boo at the Zoo, and Zoo Lights. Volunteers assist Zoo visitors with themed crafts, give-aways, photo opportunities, and directional assistance.


Observing Animals: Behavioral Studies in Zoos

Class Information

Dates: Wednesdays; September 20 – December 13, 2017

Observational Training Session: Saturday, October 14; 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Class Time: 7:30 – 10 p.m.

Instructor: Cathleen Cox, PhD, Director of Research at Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Fee: $413 (for credit) / $368 (noncredit)

This course will take place on Wednesday evenings, at the Zoo from 7:30-10 p.m. starting September 20 – December 13, and is taught by the LA Zoo’s Director of Research, Dr. Cathleen Cox, PhD. The course provides an introduction to methods and techniques of studying the behavior of animals without experimental manipulation. Course fee is $413 for credit, $368 for non-credit.

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