|The Toledo Blade, Andy Morrison|
After launching the program in January, the Palm Beach Zoo is pleased to announce the addition of 32 youth volunteers. They will begin training in the Youth Volunteer Corps this weekend.
One of the training activities will include making paper mache eggs for zoo animals to enjoy during Easter weekend. The eggs will serve as enrichment, providing stimulating and challenging objects and activities for the animals. Animals need opportunities to run, jump, pounce, climb, burrow, dive, hunt for food, and explore - all things that come naturally. Enrichment keeps animals mentally and physically fit. The youth volunteers will learn how the paper mache eggs stimulate animal behavior while they make the enrichment items.
Upon completion of the training program, youth volunteers will use biofacts like skulls and feathers to educate zoo visitors about conservation and preservation. Youth volunteers will also serve as camp counselors during the summer.
If you’d like to become a member of YVC, applications are available at www.palmbeachzoo.org under the Volunteer tab at the bottom of the home page. For more information, contact Volunteer and Docent Manager Joseph Landmichl at firstname.lastname@example.org or 561-533-0887 x239.