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Henry The Lion (Mascot)


Wear mascot costume, working with Assistant to greet Zoo guests and provide them with a fun and engaging experience at the zoo*

*During COVID: This role is currently on hold

Shift Times

10am – Noon daily. Also other times as requested that may include special on-grounds and community events.

Time Commitment

A minimum of a twice monthly commitment is required. Minimum season-long commitment is 25 hours.

Age Requirement

Minimum age 14
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  • Happily engage with Zoo guests by waving and interacting with them
  • Walk throughout the zoo (except the giraffe, capybara, and lion areas) and remain visible for guests
  • Pose for pictures
  • Dance and move around engaging guests
  • Provide high fives


  • Able to stand for 2 hours at a time
  • Must be in good shape and able to deal with extreme heat as this position can be physically demanding
  • Able to work outside in all weather spring-fall (except in hazardous or overly-cold situations).
  • Ability to have fun and be physically animated
  • Friendly and engaging personality
  • Able to stay calm in an emergency situation


General orientation & specific training


Volunteer outside at the Zoo, meet new friends, help create lasting memories for Zoo guests, volunteer t-shirt, volunteer nametag, recognition event(s).

Reports To

Henry Vilas Zoo Volunteer Department