ASHEBORO, N.C. -- The North Carolina Zoo has again launched its volunteer campaign, in which it is recruiting volunteers to assist with various tasks crucial to the Zoo's functionality.
Toy Lambeth, NC Zoo volunteer services coordinator, explained in just the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, "We have two full-time staff members and 150 volunteers, so there are opportunities that wouldn't be possible if it weren't for volunteers."
In the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, the NC Zoo needs volunteers to help prepare animal diets, assist with small veterinary procedures (if rabies-vaccinated), clean animal cages and tend to the education animals that are unable to be released back into the wild.
Other volunteer opportunities throughout the park include entrance greeters, exhibit interpreters, gardeners, giraffe deck monitors and Kid Zone exhibit guides.
Halley Buckanoff, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center's lead vet tech, said the NC Zoo requires only two six-hour shifts per month. Individuals as young as 12 can volunteer, so long as they have parental supervision.
Buckanoff did ask prospective volunteers to bear in mind an important factor. "We want people to understand this is a high-pace, high-stress, emotionally charged, because you're caring for animals that might not survive. It's such a rewarding thing to know that you either raised an animal or helped an animal or helped rehabilitate it to watch it be free again."
For more information on volunteer opportunities, visit the NC Zoo volunteer page.