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Two weeks ago we graduated our brand new class of volunteers here at the Audubon Zoo. We shared their accomplishment with their families and friends at a small ceremony and gave them the treasured Audubon Zoo shirt and nametag. Everyone was happy and beaming that they made it through the 10 weeks of training. There was a lot of discussion and excitement about where their placement would be-Jaguar Jungle, Primates, Zoomobile and more! So many people so excited about cleaning up poop!
Last week was also National Volunteer Appreciation Week. Audubon Nature Institute depends on their volunteers. They give over 70,000 hours of service per year. The husbandry staff and educators depend on them. These individuals work side by side with Audubon Nature staff caring for the animals, working on exhibits, planting gardens and educating the public. We love them and they are dedicated to our mission. They become part of our Audubon Family.
This morning a new volunteer from the class came in on her first day to work in Jaguar Jungle. Her shirt was clean and tucked in. Her name tag was on and her face had a giant smile. She brought in several dozen krispy kreme donuts. (She listened to my advice that people here at the zoo are VERY food motivated.) She stopped to tell me that she was working her very first day at Jaguar Jungle and that yesterday she came in to interview with Asian Domain. She said she heard the lion roar during her interview and she knew that that placement would be perfect for her. Her smile and enthusiasm made my day and it will probably make the keeper’s day too. We can’t forget how interesting our jobs are here and we can’t forget to thank these wonderful volunteers.
Thank you Margie and all our volunteers for brightening our days, lightening our loads and of course for bringing the donuts. Thank you!
The Zoo's next Volunteer Training will start in September. You can get more information at Volunteers