Eurasian Lynx

Eurasian Lynx

Lynx are opportunistic hunters, agile climbers and good swimmers. Although not fast runners, they can leap up to 10 feet in the air and usually kill their prey with one powerful deep bite to the throat.

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Catering at the Zoo

Volunteer at the Zoo


Community Volunteers

Provide intermittent or occasional support for the zoo and its staff, programs, projects and events. No commitment to a specific number of volunteer hours is required; Volunteers receive as-needed, task-specific instructions, such as working a craft table, making phone calls, preparing mailings or assisting with catering for a meeting or event.

General Volunteers

Provide similar activities as above, but are scheduled on a regular basis; attend volunteer orientation and commit to 50 hours of volunteer service per year.

Education Volunteers

Perform services directly related to public education. Duties may include assisting with educational programs, conducting school tours and interpreting animal exhibits and/or behavior. May also perform General volunteer activities, as needed. Must attend volunteer orientation, complete 20 hours of training and commit to 50 hours of service per year, for a minimum of two years.

Young Adult Volunteers

Perform activities similar to General Volunteers. Teens must be 15 years of age and complete volunteer orientation. They must have at least two references from people of authority, such as teachers, coaches, clergy, etc. Family members may not serve as references.

Youth Volunteers

Perform activities similar to General Volunteers. The Zoo Ambassador Program is for children, ages 10 to 14, who must be accompanied by a parent. Volunteer orientation is required. Each person must provide at least two references from people of authority, such as teachers, coaches, clergy, etc. Family members may not serve as references.

     Corporate Volunteer Program

Corporations play a special role by bringing groups of employee volunteers together, often for specific projects on either an ongoing, periodic, or one-time basis. These projects not only provide an invaluable service to the zoo, but also afford a wonderful opportunity for employees to spend quality time together outside the workplace. If your company would like to become involved at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, we have a program of activities that is just right for you and your employees. For more information on corporate volunteer opportunities, contact or (315) 435-8511 x112.

Interesting in Volunteering?


Come to a Volunteer Info Session on Wednesday, March 14 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. You must also plan to be available for a follow up orientation the evening of Wednesday, April 25.

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

We are looking for tour guides, youth volunteers (ages 10-16), special events helpers and face painters.

To sign up for the volunteer information session, click HERE.

Please bring a picture ID such as a driver's license or school ID.

For more information, contact or (315) 435-8511 x112.




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