Zoo Pride Membership
Volunteer at the Milwaukee County Zoo
If you want to help the Zoological Society in its mission to conserve endangered animals, educate our community about wildlife and support the Milwaukee County Zoo, then we want you as a volunteer in Zoo Pride.
Zoo Pride is the volunteer auxiliary that supports the Zoological Society and the Milwaukee County Zoo. It allows volunteers the opportunity to learn more about the Zoo, its animal collection and conservation efforts.
You can be the voice for those who cannot be heard. You can reach out to more than 3 million annual visitors and share your passion and enthusiasm for the Zoo.
Sorry, but due to safety and the well-being of our animals and volunteers, we do not handle or take part in the day-to-day personal care of the animals.
We want volunteers that:
- honor their commitments
- possess a positive attitude toward wildlife and conservation
- like to work with other people
- can work independently
- enjoy volunteering
- are flexible to change
- recognize importance of volunteer work
Meet some of our volunteers, from teens to retirees, and read their stories.
Volunteers and Conservation
- support ongoing conservation projects by raising money from sales of unique collectible conservation buttons
- work with zookeepers to give specialized talks on camels, elephants, primates and bats
- staff the aviary and outdoor aviary pond and share information on our bird collection
- staff the Seafood Watch cart and inform guests about promoting sustainable seafood within our community
- support and promote Kohl’s Wild Theater program and Birds of Prey show
Volunteers and Education
- lead visitors on tours of our Zoo
- educate children and adults through our hands-on workshops and classes
- help persons with disabilities experience the Zoo with a sensory program
- speak with civic organizations about the Zoo and Zoological Society
- encourage Zoo visitors to learn more about animals by touching animal artifacts
- attend lectures and talks by Zoo professionals
- take additional training to increase volunteer opportunities
Volunteers and Support
- assist at more than 36 annual events, including wearing fun costumes
- assist with clerical duties in offices
- prepare animal enrichment items
- staff information booth and guest services kiosk
- prepare materials for education programs and special events and do mailings
- observe and note animal behaviors under Zoo staff supervision
- staff the Zoo library
Benefits for Volunteers
- receive a subscription to ZOOming In, a monthly newsletter for volunteers
- receive invitations to educational lectures and volunteer recognition events.
- attend additional training to learn many details about wildlife
- become a part of a national organization, AZADV (Association for Zoo and Aquarium Docents and Volunteers)
- any volunteer who donates 125 or more hours in our fiscal year also receives free membership in the Zoological Society for the next year, compliments of the Zoological Society.
- be a part of a group of more than 600 members that contributes more than 50,000 hours of service annually
- feel proud to support one of Wisconsin’s top attractions
Are you ready for an Adventure?
If you're ready to volunteer at the Zoo, we're ready to welcome you. Just give us your interest and energy, and we'll give you training, resources, and many fun and rewarding opportunities.
To volunteer you'll need:
- to become a member of the Zoological Society
- complete a volunteer application
- attend an interest interview and complete a background check with our Volunteer Services staff person.
- Zoo Pride volunteers pay dues to Zoo Pride to help defray the costs of educational materials and the monthly newsletters. Junior members (ages 15-17) pay $5 annually. Annual dues for individual members are $10 and for a family, $12.50. Zoo Pride memberships run for 12 months from whenever you join.
- You also will be required to attend training prior to volunteering. Additional training including specific animal information may be required depending on the types of volunteer opportunities you choose. (We do not handle any of the animals at the Zoo for safety reasons.)
Call Zoo Pride with any questions at 414-258-5667 or email us at ZooPride@zoosociety.org.