November 13, 2009

Pandamonium hits the University of Adelaide

Posted in Adelaide, Animals, news, science tagged , , at 2:10 am by cascius

Over 100 University of Adelaide students hope to become volunteers at Adelaide Zoo in the coming months.

The eager students recently attended a briefing session held in Union Hall and hosted by Zoos SA staff. In conjunction with the University of Adelaide, Zoos SA has been running a recruitment drive for volunteers with Chinese language skills or an interest in animals to cope with the anticipated increase in visitors when the Giant Pandas Wang Wang and Funi arrive later this year.

At the briefing the students were given an insight into what it means to be a volunteer at Adelaide Zoo, including what a typical day might involve. The students, once trained and qualified, will become members of the general volunteer pool and will perform a number of duties around the Zoo. The University of Adelaide is generously covering a number of costs for the student volunteers including their membership with the Royal Zoological of SA and special uniforms sporting the university crest. Next time you visit Adelaide Zoo, remember to look out for one of our student volunteer guides!

 picture of Chris West and university zoo volunteers

Picture L to R: Trevor Klein (volunteer and member of the Guide Training team), Sarah Brown (Director, Visitor Experience) and Ngareta Cronin (Manager, Volunteers Program) from Zoos SA join Robyn Brown (Director, Development and Alumni) from the University of Adelaide at the student volunteer briefing.