Become a Zoo Volunteer!

The Buffalo Zoo can always use enthusiastic, caring people in our volunteer program.

Below you will find all the information you need to join the Buffalo Zoo as a volunteer!

ZooCrew is a group of volunteers who help with promotions, special events, and fundraisers (age 14 and over). Please download and complete the application and return to the Zoo. After we receive your application and you attend a brief orientation, we will add you to our mailing list.  You will then receive our quarterly volunteer newsletter ZooCrew.

Download the Volunteer Application (Adobe® Acrobat)

The ZooCrew newsletter lists dates, time, and activities for which we need volunteer participation.  When you receive your newsletter, please read over the information. Once you have decided which dates you have available, call the Volunteer Services line at 837-3900 ext. 132. Be sure to leave your full name, telephone number and available dates. You are now signed up!

In the event that we must cancel your activity, we will notify you via telephone. Otherwise, simply show up for your assignment 15 minutes before the scheduled start time.

Volunteers are required to enter the Zoo at the Service gate located at the corners of Colvin and Meadow. Please be aware of the intercom system and inform the attendant that you are a volunteer. If you are entering the Zoo after 5:00 there will be a guard in the small building to your right. Please sign in and out at this guard station.

Reach out and teach someone! Become a member of the Zoo's very active corps of volunteer educators known as Docents (age 25 and over). Following a 13-week course, (classes are filled and closed for 2015), in animal characteristics and ecology, you will become a vital part of a friendly, animal-loving group which performs vital functions for the Buffalo Zoo such as providing group tours, interpreting biofacts, and generally assisting in disseminating wildlife conservation messages. With further training Docents participate in handling small animals, Zoomobile,  and Zoo Trunks. Call 716-837-3900, ext. 132 for more information.

Buffalo Zoo Women’s Board - Volunteer Opportunity
If you are interested in helping our animals and enjoy the challenges and excitement of fundraising, consider joining the Women’s Board of the Buffalo Zoo. Women’s Board activities include our annual photo contest, basket auction for Wines in the Wild, annual holiday luncheon and more! Monthly meetings occur on the first Monday of each month (except holidays) at Noon at the Zoo. Click Here to view our Women's Board Face Book page and to obtain an application.  For more information please call (716) 995-6131.

In cooperation with area colleges, universities and work-study programs, the Zoo offers students the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the non-traditional setting of a working zoo. Student interns help to formulate objectives for their placement period that provide a personal, professional and academic challenge and supply needed services for the Zoo.

At this time the Buffalo Zoo DOES NOT allow volunteers to work with our animals. This policy benefits the safety and well being of our animals. If you are interested in getting up close with some of our animals please see our outreach programs in the education section.

For more information, call (716)837-3900 extension 132.


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