ASHEBORO, NC – Experience the North Carolina Zoo in a whole new way by volunteering. The zoo is actively recruiting volunteers, reports Volunteer Services Coordinator Toy Lambeth.

“Volunteering is an exciting and unique way to explore your interests while helping the zoo,” says Lambeth. “Our volunteers are essential in sharing information about the zoo’s plants and animals and inspiring guests to make a difference in the conservation of wildlife and wild places. Volunteers take an ordinary visit and turn it into something extraordinary!” North Carolina Zoo volunteers serve nearly 40,000 hours annually, devoting their time, skills, knowledge and expertise to serving as the frontline faces of the zoo. Volunteers greet guests, assist with special events, plant and maintain gardens, answer phones, serve as Giraffe Deck attendants, care for injured and orphaned animals at the zoo’s wildlife center, and more.

North Carolina Zoo volunteers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and bring a wealth of experience. Youth ages 12-15 may volunteer in most positions along with a parent or legal guardian, and independently from age 16.

To learn more about volunteering at the zoo, visit www.nczoo.org/volunteer and complete an on-line application to receive information about orientation and training dates. Or, contact the zoo’s Volunteer Services Coordinator, Toy Lambeth, at toy.lambeth@nczoo.org.

About the North Carolina Zoo

The North Carolina Zoo provides an experience like no other zoo anywhere. With a five mile trail to varied exhibits, nearly 1,600 animals and 52,000 plants it is the largest natural habitat zoo in the world, an international leader in wildlife conservation providing expert care and animal welfare.

Find yourself surrounded by some of Africa’s giants including elephants, rhinos, and giraffes; marvel as polar bears Nikita and Anana take polar plunges every day at Rocky Coast; share the love of gorillas with Mosuba and his six-member troop; experience family fun and create forever memories in a place where learning is wild.

Located in center of the state in Asheboro, it is convenient to visit from anywhere in North Carolina. The North Carolina Zoo welcomes nearly 800,000 guests each year. Plan your adventure at www.nczoo.org

About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

The North Carolina Zoo is an agency of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. NCDNCR’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.