Welcome to the TRIBE!
While visiting the Children”s Zoo (CZ), the common question arises, who areВ these teens? All those teens are actually an important part of the CZ during the summer.В The goal isВ to help make a vistor”s experience better, while also gaining per
sonal experience on what it is like to be a part of the daily routine at the zoo.В I am aВ member of Teen TRIBE, an exciting new volunteer program for teens! What does Teen TRIBE do exactly? I would love to help answer that question by sharing my experience!
Everyday starts offВ with roll call. AllВ teens gather to see who is working for the day, and receive important reminders or information from one of our awesome mentors! Then it is time to head to the CZ and break up into groups depending on our specific jobs.В My responsibility is toВ provide coolВ animal encountersВ for visitors so theyВ can have an up-close experience withВ the animals. atoledo.com a wide variety of animals ranging from turkeys to snakes is a very fun job, but it is also something to take seriously. Teen TRIBE members are treated like members of the zoo staff. Since I work with live animals,В making sure I provide a fun experience for the guest while making sure the animalВ is handled safely is aВ major priority. Another coolВ part of my job isВ getting to learn a lot about the animals, and share what IВ learn with the visitors. DuringВ my entire shift, I get share animals with every visitor to the CZ! Of course, there are other jobs that TRIBE members have. They help out by playing games with kids on the playground, work in the Petting Zoo with the goats, help visitors learn about penguins at the Discover Zone, orВ a Jr. Zookeeper. It all depends on how much experienceВ the TRIBE memberВ already has, then working up!
What are some other fun parts of the TRIBE program? Making a lot of new friends and become very familar with zoo staff! Once accepted to beВ part of Teen TRIBE, a mentor is assigned who works at the zoo as well. We get to meet our mentors and the other members of the TRIBE at a fun party they have just for us!
Overall, it is a wonderful program! Read more about it on the zoo”s website under volunteer. Feel free to leave comments with any questions, andВ make sure to visit us this summer in the CZ!