24/02/2017

Volunteer alongside Jock the gorilla, Leo the lemur and Hugo the pygmy hippo

Unique opportunities are up for grabs at Bristol Zoo this year, offering the chance to volunteer with lemurs, gorillas, butterflies and pygmy hippos.

Around 30 ranger volunteer positions are available at the 180-year-old attraction, which involve spending at least half a day a week in a variety of different areas and walk-throughs at the Zoo.

Ranger volunteers will be expected to speak to guests, inspiring them about the animal residents and award-winning botanical grounds.

Ann Lovell, volunteer services manager at Bristol Zoo, said: “We are looking for enthusiastic and confident people who enjoy talking to guests and are interested in wildlife conservation.

“Volunteers play such an important role and are an integral part of the day to day running of Bristol Zoo. We currently have around 200 volunteers with us and our longest-serving volunteer has been with us for nearly 25 years.”

Brian has been a ranger volunteer at Bristol Zoo for eight years. He said: “When I retired I was looking for something different and fun to do in my spare time.

“I have lived in Bristol all my life and have always visited the Zoo. The experience has been great. Not only do I get to spend time with some amazing animals and learn something new, but I’ve made friends too.”

Volunteers are needed to help at the Zoo for at least half a day per week. No experience is necessary as full training will be given. Volunteers must be 18 years of age for most roles but there is no upper age limit.

Other volunteer roles are also available at the Zoo, including for maintenance volunteers and garden volunteers.

For more information and to apply, please click here

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