Zoo Corps

Zoo Corps is for teens ages 13 through 17 who have an interest in wildlife conservation, education, or public speaking. Members set up discovery stations in the Zoo and use artifacts, biofacts, literature, props, and interactive games to teach Zoo guests about topics like animal care, local San Diego habitats, wildlife conservation, and saving species. Zoo Corps members participate at least once a month.

Zoo Corps runs twice a year (January–May and August–December). Interested applicants must attend a free information meeting with a parent/guardian. Applications for the program are only distributed at the information meetings. Applicants must be available for an interview and, if accepted, must attend a mandatory one-day training session on August 5, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The program fee is $125 per session. A limited number of applicants are selected for each session. Applicants must be between the ages of 13 and 17 by the application due date. Please contact the program coordinator at sbarnard@sandiegozoo.org if you have any additional questions.

Upcoming information meetings:
Thursday, May 4, 2017, from 7 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 6, 2017, from 9 to 10 a.m.

Information meetings are located at the Otto Center, which is to the left of the Zoo's entrance. Head down Centennial Walkway, and you will reach the Otto Center just before Spanish Village.

“Zoo Corps has really changed my life. Before I was really shy and I absolutely feared and hated public speaking and talking in front of an audience. But now that I did Zoo Corps, I love talking in front of people. Educating people is something I love to do now. Thank you Zoo Corps for the amazing opportunity you gave me.”– Mari P.

Inspiring change for a better tomorrow

Advance Tickets

Fees discussed at free information meeting.

At a Glance

1 hour for information meeting
Age Interest: 

Upcoming Information Meeting,
Zoo's Otto Center auditorium:
Thursday, May 4, 2017, 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 6, 2017, 9 a.m.


No reservations necessary for informational meeting. For additional information, please email the program coordinator at sbarnard@sandiegozoo.org.