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Winter Volunteer Training Class

Animal lovers get a chance to volunteer and learn.
The Amarillo Zoo held it's winter volunteer training class, giving animal lovers an opportunity to not only get involved with the community, but also to learn.

We talked with the zoo educator about some tasks a volunteer will be doing.

Haley Wilde says, "a wide number of things.  A lot of it is animal care, helping keepers with cleaning exhibits, or doing animal enrichments.  And a lot of it is education.  They might help with special events or education programs, helping with schools and things like that. "

The class is for anyone 13 years old and over that loves animals and is interested in volunteering.

Wilde says they have 14 new volunteers ranging from 13-65 years old.

The training class gives folks a chance to learn more about the animals, educating zoo goers and help with special events.

Wilde tells us, "we also got a chance to go over some of their duties.  Things like zoofari carts where they take out animal bio facts and talk to the public.  They got to learn how to do that today."

Wilde says people interestd in volunteering must attend a training class and committ to a minimum of one four hour shift a month.

"A lot of people don't realize that the zoo is a good place to get into the animal world.  If you love animals or you arel ooking for a career in that field.. vounteering is a great place to start," says Wilde.

For more information on the training classes and an application, head over to www.amarillozoo.org.
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