Zoo Corps demonstrating animal enrichment to a pair of toddlers.

Zoo Corps

At a Glance

Zoo Corps teens talk to Zoo guests about animal care, habitats, wildlife conservation, saving species, and more!

  • Teens
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    Ages 13–17
  • Zoo Corps is a program for teens ages 13 through 17 who have an interest in wildlife conservation, education, or public speaking. The team sets up discovery stations in the Zoo and uses artifacts, biofacts, literature, props, and interactive games to teach Zoo guests about topics like animal care, habitats, wildlife conservation, saving species, and more! Zoo Corps members participate at least once a month on selected dates.

    Zoo Corps is scheduled from the end of August through the end of May. Interested applicants must attend a free information meeting with a parent/guardian; RSVP not necessary. Program applications are only distributed at the information meetings. Applicants must be between the ages of 13 and 17 by the application due date and must be available for an interview on selected dates between June 1 through June 20. If accepted, members must attend a mandatory one-day training session on Saturday, August 29, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The program fee is $180. A limited number of candidates are selected each session. Please contact the program manager by email at sbarnard@sandiegozoo.org if you have any additional questions.

    Upcoming information meetings:

    Saturday, May 2, 2020, at 9 a.m.
    Thursday, May 7, 2019, at 7 p.m.

    Application Due: Thursday, May 26

    Information meetings are located at the Dickinson Family Center for Lifelong Learning, which is to the left of the Zoo's entrance. Head down Centennial Walkway, and you will reach the Dickinson Family 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.


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