Support for the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens through volunteer opportunities extends to local businesses and organizations looking to give back to the community.
One example is the global financial business solutions provider BNY Mellon’s Pershing (Pershing), which has a long-standing engagement with the Zoo. For several years, Pershing has donated both time and money to support specific projects at the Zoo, including biannual visits to construct and improve animal exhibits.
“The dedication and support of BNY Mellon’s Pershing has allowed vast improvements to be made throughout the Zoo,” says Dino Ferri, CEO of the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens. “They take pride in every project and work efficiently with Zoo staff. Many of our recent upgrades wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our corporate sponsors.”
In 2017, Pershing volunteers built a habitat for animal ambassador, Dillo—a nine-banded armadillo. This past spring, a group worked to landscape a new perching area for the Zoo’s hyacinth macaws which opened in July. During that visit another group of volunteers worked to clear out the Zoo’s former leopard habitat which has been refurbished and will be home to a new animal in early October.
Companies participating in volunteer efforts will work with the Zoo’s volunteer office to develop service projects unique to each group and its needs. Opportunities provide team building and community engagement. To get involved or to learn more about corporate giving programs, visit www.centralfloridazoo.org/careers/zoo-crew/.