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Adults 18 and older


The Zoo’s docents play one of the most important roles within our Zoo, serving as guides for all of our guests during their visit. Docents present guided tours, animal encounters, outreach programs and spark curiosity in countless children by sharing interesting biofacts and animal observations. This is the perfect volunteer program if you like to inspire kids to learn more about the world around them.


We are now accepting applications for the 2019 Spring Docent Class starting in January.

  • Educate members of the public, of all ages.
  • Facilitate learning opportunities.
  • Animal handling, interpretation and observations.
  • Lead tours, Wild Nights and Night Hikes.
  • Monitor guest interactions and enforce Zoo policies to keep animals and guests safe.

Training Sessions

The seven-week course will focus on animal encounter presentations and In-Zoo-Encounters. Classes are on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Online registration is required to attend the orientation on January 15, 2019.


  • Must over 18 years old.
  • Pass training program with 80% or higher.
  • Commit to one shift for six months or more.
  • Participate in volunteer orientation.
  • Pay a $40 training fee to cover the cost of materials.
  • Abide by policies in the Volunteer Handbook.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work well with all visitors.
  • Be interested in educating the public about conservation.


Contact the Volunteer Office at 407.323.4450 ext 127 or email at volunteers@centralfloridazoo.org


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