While visiting the Children”s Zoo (CZ), the common question arises, who are these teens? All those teens are actually an important part of the CZ during the summer. The goal is 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. I am a 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 off with roll call. All 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. My responsibility is to provide cool animal encounters for visitors so they can have an up-close experience with the animals. Handling 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, making sure I provide a fun experience for the guest while making sure the animal is handled safely is a major priority. Another cool part of my job is getting to learn a lot about the animals, and share what I learn with the visitors. During my entire shift, I get to 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, or a Jr. Zookeeper. It all depends on how much experience the TRIBE member 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 be 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, and make sure to visit us this summer in the CZ!
June 14, 2011 1 Comment
If you're a teen between the ages of 13 and 17, and you want a glimpse of what working at the Cincinnati Zoo is like, take a look a the VolunTeen Program! This year the program has some new and exciting changes for 2011! [Read more →]
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Today was going to be a very hot day. As I headed in the Volunteer Services Office to sign-in I was already sweating. I met with Sue, Pam, & Alex for our brief meeting before we headed over to the Children”s Zoo (CZ). To get to the CZ yo
u have to pass the Little Penguins. These little guys are also called fairy penguins because of their size, and like other penguins are designed for swimming. Unlike most other penguins, they can stand warmer climates. During the day they forage for fish and at night they gather at the shore to stay away from predators. They nest in burrows, under trees, or in caves and can be found in Australia and New Zealand. Make sure to check out these little guys during your next visit!
Once we got to the Red Barn we discovered that we did not have many animals to work with, but a Sand Boa was available. It was my first time handling one all summer! The Kenyan Sand Boa is one of the smallest species of boas. They have a wide range in East Africa. If you ask me they look like an oversized worm. The Sand Boa will burrow itself under the sand with only it”s eyes visable and it will wait to attack until prey comes along. I returned him to his bin shortly after I got him out due to the heat.
Next, I got out my favorite animal…Fluffy, the African Pygmy Hedgehog! You might remember her from previous posts. I got some gloves and was ready to go but Fluffy had other ideas today. She was sqirmy and did not want to hold still when people wanted to meet her. Soon her little face was getting pink and that told us she was just too hot. Pam & I talked it over and decided to out her up for the day.
After that we had a mini meeting with Sue and Alex, and decided to call it a day because of the heat and also because all we had left were turtles! Since it was my last day we headed to UDF for some ice cream all together. That was a good way to end my third summer as a VolunTeen. I plan on applying again next summer and I can”t wait to see everybody!
I went to see my friends Bradley, Allison, & Sam in Lorikeet Landing. It was Allisons first year as a VolunTeen. I asked her what she thought about it and she said “I absolutely loved being a VolunTeen. I was always looking forward to when Tuesday was rolling around. It really helped me make a career decision about if I wanted to work with animals. I met a ton of new people and can”t wait until next summer to see them again.”
September 8, 2010 No Comments