Friday, January 7, 2011


DENVER (Jan. 7, 2011) – Denver Zoo will host a volunteer open house on Saturday, Jan. 22 to introduce volunteer opportunities at the zoo to adults 18 years and older. Attendees can learn more about the zoo’s volunteer program and opportunities and how to get involved. The open house runs from 10:30 a.m.-noon at the zoo, 2300 Steele Street, in the Gates Education Center. It features a formal presentation at 11 a.m.

Denver Zoo always is seeking new volunteers with an interest in nature, animals, the zoo and people. Volunteers are a vital part of Denver Zoo, committed to the zoo's mission and sharing that mission with guests. Volunteers provide valuable assistance with administrative duties, special events, education programs, community outreach and public interpretation, feeling a sense of satisfaction and pride in a job well done.

Denver Zoo currently utilizes nearly 600 adult and teen volunteers who collectively contribute more than 60,000 hours each year.

For more information on volunteering at the zoo, please call the Denver Zoo Education Department at 303-376-6719 or visit

About Denver Zoo: Denver Zoo is home to 3,800 animals representing more than 650 species and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). AZA accreditation assures the highest standards of animal care.

A leader in environmental action, Denver Zoo is dedicated to ensuring the safety of the environment in support of all species and is the first U.S. zoo to receive ISO 14001 certification for the entire facility and operations. This international certification ensures the zoo is attaining the highest environmental standards.

Since 1996, Denver Zoo has participated in 557 projects in 57 countries. In 2009 alone, Denver Zoo participated in 80 projects in 22 countries and 4 continents and more than $1 million in funds was spent by the zoo in support of animal conservation in the field.

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