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A Normal Day in Teen TRIBE

You may wonder, what is a normal day like as a Teen TRIBE member? Truth is, there is no such thing as a “normal day”.

Everyday starts with roll call, but then it is off to start working. As an animal handler, I have a lot of differ

ent options to choose from each day. I go through our list of available animals on the computer, and choose what animal I would like to take out. Depending on who comes to work, usually you have a partner to work with as well.

In the morning while it is still cooler, we like to take out one of furry friends, such as guinea pigs or rabbits. Today, I had a bin of guinea pigs while Grace and Emily had out a Kenyan Sand Boa. [Read more →]

July 11, 2011   1 Comment

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. Handling 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 to casino online 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!

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June 14, 2011   1 Comment

The VolunTeen Program

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 →]

February 4, 2011   Comments Off