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Wildlife Champions


Using artifact carts to share animal, habitat, and conservation information with guests on grounds during the course of the day, for on-grounds events, and occasionally at off-grounds community events*

*During COVID, this role has been modified to allow volunteers to maintain social distancing. Champions use animal fact sheets to answer guest questions and provide quick information in a way that engages but also encourages movement to prevent gathering. Masks are required for all guests, volunteers and staff while on grounds, and this role allows for social distancing when needed.

Shift Times

Every Day 10AM-12PM and 12-2PM

Time Commitment

A minimum of a twice monthly commitment is required.

Age Requirement

Must be at least 14 years old by the end of the training. Youth ages 10+ can volunteer in this role with a parent/guardian.
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  • Present information relevant to the active carts, utilizing the information available on the cart or information found via approved sources
  • Be a friendly and engaging representative of Henry Vilas Zoo through on- and off-grounds engagements


  • Ability to be open and engaging with guests
  • Ability (or ability to learn) to present approved animal, habitat, and conservation information one-on-one and in small group settings. You will receive general training and links to additional information for this


Online general orientation, online COVID-19 training, Zoom interpretation training, and mentored shift


Meet people with similar interests, build Zoo, animal, and volunteer experience on your resume, and network with the community; help create lasting memories for Zoo guests, volunteer nametag and t-shirt, regular educational volunteer meetings, and recognition events

Reports To

Henry Vilas Zoo Volunteer Coordinator