July 12, 2012

CONTACT: Kyle Shepherd

(Media Cell for press inquiries only: 502-744-5639)



Zoo Docent Training

The Louisville Zoo is currently seeking docent volunteers to work with the Louisville Zoo Education Department to provide knowledge and information to Zoo guests. Docents help teach school groups, day camps, share information with Zoo visitors and even get to conduct educational outreach presentations in the community.

The next docent orientation sessions are Thursday, July 19, and Saturday, July 21, at the MetaZoo Education Center from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

The orientation session introduces one to the rewards and advantages of being a docent at the Louisville Zoo, as well as explains the obligations and responsibilities. Currently, the Louisville Zoo has 142 volunteer docents, several of whom will talk about their docent experience during the orientations.

If one chooses to become a Louisville Zoo docent, extensive training will be provided. The training course includes 50 hours of in-depth lectures, behind-the-scenes tours, keeper talks and hands on activities. All of these experiences will help expand one’s knowledge of the animals and plants at the Louisville Zoo and enable him or her to provide information to all Zoo guests. There is a fee that covers the cost of training, a docent manual, T-shirt and a badge.

Pre-registration for the orientation is required, and one must be at least 18 years of age to participate. To register, please contact Louisville Zoo Assistant Education Curator Doug McCoy at doug.mccoy@louisvilleky.gov or (502) 238-5343.

There are many other volunteer opportunities for adults and teens throughout the Zoo that not only help with education, but with animal care, horticulture and fundraising. For more information on those volunteer opportunities, visit http://www.louisvillezoo.org/volunteer/ or contact Louisville Zoo Volunteer Coordinator Diane Taylor at mary.taylor@louisvilleky.gov or (502) 238-5350.

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The Louisville Zoo, a non-profit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM) and by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA.


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