Amarillo zoo seeks summer volunteers, offers discounts

Applications are being accepted through Saturday by the Amarillo Zoo for its summer training class, according to a news release.


The zoo is seeking high school and college students ages 13 and older, adults and retired individuals who are interested in becoming ZOOcrew volunteers and can commit eight hours per month to the program.

The training class will be held June 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 pm. Interested parties must attend the training class to qualify as a zoo volunteer, according to the release.

Training sessions will include topics in safety, interpretation, animal husbandry, and wildlife education. There is a $25 registration fee that covers the cost of uniform (T-shirt), name tag and binder.

Volunteer assignments include assisting in special events, field trips, education, horticulture and being a keeper assistant and exhibit guide.

Those interested can apply online at the Zoo’s website,, or applications can be picked up in person at the zoo. Applications must be returned no later than Saturday.

For information, call the zoo’s education department at 806-381-5605 or visit

Thanks, teachers: Educators in the Texas Panhandle will get free admission for themselves and up to three guests from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The discount applies to all teachers, administrators and home-school educators. A teacher ID will be required to gain free admission.

Celebrate Mother’s Day: Moms will get free admission on Mother’s day, May 14, if they bring their children to the zoo.

The first 100 mothers will also get a free packet of seeds for wildflowers that are known to thrive in the Texas Panhandle.

Good grades get you in: Throughout June, the zoo will offer free admission for students who received at least two As on their final report card, or the equivalent.

Students need to bring the original report card to the admission booth. Copies will not be accepted.