Egyptian Fruit Bat

Egyptian Fruit Bat

Fruit bats are in the “megabat” family. Unlike most megabats, the Egyptian fruit bats uses echo-location for navigating in darkness. They produce sounds with their tongues that resemble a series of clicks to the human ear.

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Volunteer at the Zoo

Volunteer Opportunities


NOTE: The next volunteer information session will be on Wednesday, September 25, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sign up HERE.

Special Events

Volunteer for our special events team! Most of our events are in the evenings or on weekends. Opportunities include serving food or beverages, dressing up as a costumed character, arts and crafts, face painting, and games.

Sign up to attend an orientation for this position at

Daytime education program volunteers

Our educational programs for kids take place during zoo hours (10:00 am-4:30 pm). Volunteer responsibilities include classroom assistance with set up, snack time, education projects and clean-up, along with walks, games and activities around the indoor and outdoor zoo.

Sign up to attend an orientation for this position at


We have youth group activities every month that include working on special events, conservation projects, learning animal artifacts, making animal enrichment items and various educational opportunities.

Zoo ambassador program-volunteers learn to become experts on certain animals and serve as ambassadors that interact with the public at those animal exhibits.

Sign up to attend one of our orientations for youth volunteer positions at

Botanical Assistants

These volunteers assist with watering, weeding, fertilizing and maintenance of plants around the zoo. We are looking for volunteers that can commit to at least one regular day of the week to help us with the upkeep of our gardens.

Sign up to attend an orientation for this position at

Octomaze -- Summer season only

Help oversee our new Octomaze bounce house! Volunteers for this position must be 15 or older. Octomaze will be open weekends till late June and every day through summer.  Our volunteers will need to direct children participating in the Octomaze and assist in keeping the unit in clean and good condition.  

Sign up to attend one an orientations for this position at  Please sign up for one session only!

Interesting in Volunteering?

To start the process, you must sign up for a volunteer information session.

Our volunteers will receive credit for community service including school programs like Participation in Government.

The next Volunteer Info Session will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, September. Sign up for a session HERE.

Prospective volunteers will attend a session to fill out applications, listen to volunteer information, and if interested, you can be interviewed at the end of the session.  Volunteer participation will be based on interviews, backgroup checks and appropriate skills for the position.

Please bring a picture ID such as a driver's license or school ID to the info session.

For more information, contact or (315) 435-8511 x8528.




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