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Volunteer at the Zoo

A volunteer assignment at the Zoo offers flexible hours — many Zoo departments work seven days a week. Most of our volunteer positions are available to individuals who are 18 years or older.

To request a volunteer information packet, please e-mail the Volunteer Director with your area of interest, full name, address, city, state and ZIP code so we can send the information to you without delay.

For those individuals who are under 18 years old, opportunties are avaialable. These opportunities include volunteering for Special Events or particpating in Summer Teen Learning Adventures. For Special Event information e-mail the Volunteer Director. For Teen Summer Learning Adventure information e-mail the Education Specialist.

2013 Volunteer of the Year

Sedgwick County Zoo would like to recognize Lou Perrier with the 2013 Volunteer of the Year award.

Mr. Perrier has volunteered in the Veterinary Department since 2001 and has given a total of 2,092 hours of service. During his 13 years at the Zoo, Lou has worked on a multitude of different projects. He has shoveled snow, painted lines in the parking lot and emptied ashes from the incinerator. Most recently, Lou has worked on touching up and painting areas of quarantine, the tissues lab and the Vet Hospital. These painting projects have extended the use of the mesh and other areas in these buildings. Dr. William M. Bryant, Senior Veterinarian, said this about Mr. Perrier in his nomination , “If ever there was a person who put their expertise, talents, free time, great personality, and best foot forward to help, it is surely Lou Perrier.”

Mr. Perrier has also volunteered his time to help out with many of the Zoo’s special events. His willingness to help out where ever he is needed and do any task that is asked of him has earned him the award of Volunteer of the year. Thank you Lou for you selfless dedication to the Zoo.

In 2013 Sedgwick County Zoo had the privilege of working with a total of 990 volunteers who donated 38,500 hours. Volunteers help the Zoo by giving their time which in turn saves the Zoo money. The cumulative hours donated by the Sedgwick County Zoo volunteers in 2013 were equal to 19 full-time employees. Thanks to all of you for what you do to help make the Zoo the No. 1 outdoor family tourist attraction in Kansas.

Docent Program

Become a Zoo ambassador! Do you love animals? Do you want to share your passion with others? Become part of the Sedgwick County Zoo Docent Program. Docents are trained education volunteers who help with all aspects of Zoo education. As a docent you will work with education animals, assist with a variety of education activities and meet others who share your interests.

To find out more about this exciting program, please contact the Education Department at 266-8213.

Volunteer Coordinator:   Sally Knofflock
Sedgwick County Zoo
5555 Zoo Boulevard
Wichita, Kansas 67212
t: (316) 266-8216
2013 Volunteer of the Year download pdf
2012 Volunteers of the Year download pdf
2011 Volunteers of the Year download pdf
2010 Volunteers of the Year download pdf
2009 Volunteers of the Year download pdf
Hours of Operation
Summer Hours8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Beginning March 1)
Winter Hours10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Beginning November 1)
Open 364 Days a Year!*
*The Zoo will be closed one day only, September 12, 2015 to facilitate the preparation of the annual Zoo fundraiser, Zoobilee. For Zoobilee ticket information please call 266-8APE (8273).