Volunteer FAQs

At the OKC Zoo, Go Wild!

How old do you have to be to volunteer?

We specially select teens ages 14-17 for our Junior Curator/Teen Volunteer program. The age requirement for special events varies by event. All other volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

Can I volunteer to help with the animals?

To join our animal area volunteer program, a volunteer must first serve at least 50 hours of service as an adult volunteer. He or she may then complete an additional application form and interview.

Can I volunteer in the veterinary hospital?

Our veterinary hospital is only able to offer preceptorships for fourth year veterinary students.

Will I get to touch the animals?

We are a protected contact zoo, which means that there is a barrier between human and animal for the safety of both. Unauthorized contact with the animals is prohibited and is grounds for immediate termination from the program.

Is there a cost involved with volunteering?

There is no fee for special event volunteering. Our adult and education volunteers pay a onetime fee of $44.50. This fee covers the cost of the mandatory drug screening, background check, and a uniform shirt. (A check payable to OKC Zoo is preferred.) It is paid to the Zoo when we send the applicant for drug screening. Some positions also require proof of a negative Tuberculosis test. The cost associated with this test will vary by the testing location. Additional uniform shirts are also available for purchase.

What is the time requirement?

  • Special Events Volunteers: Serve at least 3 event shifts per year. Each shift is typically about 3-4 hours.
  • Adult Volunteers: Must complete at least 50 hours of service and at least 3 special event shifts per year. These volunteers also commit to training for specific tasks. Each of these trainings usually take about 15 minutes or less.
  • Education Volunteers: Must complete at least 60 hours of service and at least 3 special events per year. They also attend quarterly continuing education meetings.
  • Animal Area Volunteers: The requirement varies by individual area.


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