Make a Difference! Join the Fun!

Do you love animals and people? Are you passionate about wildlife and wild habitats? Would you like to be a part of the Saint Louis Zoo's efforts to help our visitors and the greater community understand and appreciate nature? Do you have a little time on your hands? Then you might want to consider becoming a Saint Louis Zoo docent.

    • Teaches Zoo visitors about animals and conservation
    • Leads educational tours
    • Conducts classes on and off Zoo grounds
    • Helps design programs and classes
    • Interprets wildlife, ecosystems and conservation to visitors on Zoo grounds
    • Participates in continuing education courses taught by Education Department staff, Zoo curators and zookeepers.
    • Satisfaction -- you help others understand the natural world
    • Friendship -- you meet and work with others who share your interests
    • Knowledge -- you learn new skills and receive extensive training in zoology and conservation
    • Fun and excitement -- you are a part of a world-class Zoo!
    • Visit our volunteer section for contact information.
    • Attend the Zoo's 2-day information volunteer training session
    • Interview with the Docent Recruitment Committee
    • Complete docent basic training
  • You may shadow a docent by accompanying him/her while they work.

  • Docents must be 18 years of age or older and able to volunteer a minimum of 62 hours per year.

On Becoming a Zookeeper

Some people become Zoo docents because they love working with animals. If you're seriously interested in knowing what it takes to be a zookeeper, you might want to click on So You Want to be a Zookeeper?. Here you can find out how to prepare for a career in zoos, aquaria, and other wildlife organizations.