How Do You Look in Yellow?
Volunteer Educators Share Time and Talent at the Sacramento Zoo

If you’ve ever wanted to share your love of animals, now is the time. The Sacramento Zoo’s yellow-shirted Docents share animal information and answer visitor questions. Join forces with the Docent council who give more than 6,000 hours to the Zoo each year. The Sacramento Zoo is taking applications for the 2013 Docent Training class until December 18, 2012.

As a Docent, you will share fascinating animal facts with visitors from tall to small. You will explain the strength of a tiger’s jaw to school groups, show the vertebrae in a giraffe’s neck to parents and compare animal paw prints with eager minds. Docents conduct station talks at the Zoo, giving visitors hands-on education about animals at the Zoo and around the world. With additional training, you can lead school field trips, give tours and participate in live animal presentations, both on and off Zoo grounds. 

Zoo Docents are volunteer educators, 18 and older, who have a love for wildlife and enjoy people.  An orientation meeting will be held on January 5, 2013, followed by a nine-week class.  This mini-course in Zoology runs every Saturday through mid-March.  Training averages $70 per participant and includes materials and uniforms. Once graduated, first-year docents donate 30 hours leading education programs and complete 10 Continuing Education credits. For more information on becoming a Docent and to receive an application, please contact the Education Department at (916) 808-5889 or

Sacramento Zoo – Celebrating 85 years!

Open since 1927, the Sacramento Zoo is home to more than 500 native, rare and endangered animals and is one of over 200 accredited institutions of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.  Located near the corner of Land Park Drive and Sutterville Road in William Land Park, the Zoo is wholly managed by the non-profit Sacramento Zoological Society.  This Sacramento treasure inspires conservation awareness through education and recreation.  Open daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, general admission is $11.25; children ages 2-11 are $7.25 and one and under are admitted free.  Parking is free throughout the park or ride Regional Transit bus #6. For information, call 916-808-5888 or visit

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