PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Thursday, August 21, 2014

SB Zoo’s Volunteer Expo is Sept. 6

Love Animals? Nuts About Nature?
Santa Barbara Zoo “Volunteer Expo” is Saturday, September 6

· Free Expo Held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Zoo’s Discovery Pavilion
· Volunteers Needed to for Conservation, Animal, and Education Activities; Both for the Short-Term and On-Going
· Docents, Keeper Aides, Condor Nest Watchers, Zoo Camp Counselors in Training, and Many Other Opportunities
· Zoo Teen Programs for Junior High and High School Students

(Santa Barbara, CA, August 21, 2014) – People with a love of animals and a passion for nature are wanted to join the Santa Barbara Zoo’s volunteer program. Short-term or on-going volunteer positions are available, for both adults aged 18 and over, and teens in both junior high and high school. Docents, keeper aides, California condor nest watchers, and Zoo Camp counselors in training are just a few of the opportunities to help support the Zoo’s conservation, animal, and education activities. The Zoo’s many volunteer opportunities will be revealed at a Volunteer Expo, held on Saturday, September 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Zoo’s Discovery Pavilion.
Admission to the Volunteer Expo is free. For more information about the Volunteer Expo at the Zoo, visit or email
“If you love animals and enjoy working with people, the Santa Barbara Zoo is the place for you,” says Zoo Director Nancy McToldridge. “The Zoo is a success today thanks largely to the generosity of our volunteers.”
More than 500 individuals volunteered their time and talents in 2013, but volunteers are still needed. Team members from all Zoo departments will be on hand to discuss the positions.
A new Zoo Teen Program mirrors many of the adult opportunities, but also counts towards Community Service requirements.
“The Santa Barbara Zoo is a fantastic place for people to donate their time,” says Shomari McLemore, the Zoo’s Volunteer Manager. “Our volunteers utilize and develop their skills with both on-the-job and structured training, all in a nurturing environment. Their work here is truly beneficial, not only for them, but also for the community.”
Benefits of volunteering at the Santa Barbara Zoo include free individual admission to the Zoo during regular business hours, continuing education programs, access to the Zoo library, discounts at the Zoo gift shop and restaurants, and more.

Known as one of the world’s most beautiful zoos, the Santa Barbara Zoo is located on 30 acres of botanic gardens and is home to nearly 500 individual animals in open, naturalistic habitats. It is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), representing the highest level of animal care, and participates in AZA endangered species programs for Asian elephant, California condor, Channel Island fox, and Western lowland gorilla, among others.
A private nonprofit corporation, the Santa Barbara Zoo depends on community support, not tax dollars, for operations and improvements.
The Zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; general admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors aged 65+, $10 for children 2-12, and children under 2 are free. Parking is $6.

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