Mission Statement

By connecting people with wildlife, the Philadelphia Zoo creates joyful discovery and inspires action for animals and habitats. Cheetahs, hippos, giraffes and much more make the Zoo Philadelphia's leading family attraction with over 1.35 million visitors last year.

The Philadelphia Zoo offers volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups ranging in abilities and in age from 14 to 90+ years old. Most of the Zoo’s approximately 500 volunteers support our education programs in an on-going basis, teaching Zoo visitors about animals and conservation projects. Additionally, volunteers provide office assistance and professional services. One-time opportunities are offered depending upon seasonal programming. Further, the Zoo utilizes over 175 interns each year, providing individuals with valuable career experience in a variety of fields including animal care, education and business administration.

Volunteers contribute thousands of hours each year and are essential members of our staff, helping the Zoo advance our educational programs and conservation efforts. Our many programs offer a variety of volunteer experiences, with a range of commitment levels and training.

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