$8.00 for Adults (ages 13-59)
$7.00 for Seniors (ages 60+)
$5.50 for children (ages 3-12)
Children under 3 free!

Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Last admittance at 4 p.m.
Every Thurs. June–August, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Last admittance at 8 p.m.

2070 Zoo Lane, Abilene, TX
(325) 676-6085

Zoo Teens

Zoo Teens 2018

Click here to download the Zoo Teen Application Packet for 2018

 Age:               Students entering 8thcompleting 12th grades

Fee:                $50 per teen (for uniform shirt, training, and recognition event)


Completed application, turned in no later than Wednesday, April 18.

2 recommendation forms from an unrelated adult, received no later than April 18.

Personal interview with Zoo Staff. During the interview you will need to give a talk that lasts at least 3 minutes on one of the following: a) the importance of conserving animal species or b) how you hope the zoo teen program will benefit your future goals.

Time Commitment: June 4-August 24. Teens are given an assigned schedule of 2-3 days per week.

Keepers: a minimum of 100 hours. If selected, mandatory training will be June 4 from 8:30-3:30.

Counselors: a minimum of 140 hours. If selected, mandatory training will be June 5-9 from 8:30-3:30 each day.

Zoo Teen Responsibilities:

Jr. Keeper: Work with the animal staff to complete their daily duties. This includes; raking, shoveling, hosing, feeding, doing dishes, bending, lifting and hauling. Jr. Keepers will work behind the scenes in close proximity to animals, but there will be little to no contact with the animals. Jr. Keepers will not work in cat or venomous reptile areas.

Jr. Counselor: Work with the education staff to put on Educational Summer Camps. Jr. Counselors will assist camp teachers in guiding the learning of campers through zoo tours, crafts and animal encounters. In addition, Jr. Counselors will learn how to handle and present certain education animals, both to campers and to members of the public.

There will be a parent meeting Tuesday, May 15 from 5:30-6:15. Zoo Teens selected for the program will be required to submit proof of a negative TB test by June 12.

Important Dates:

April 18 – Application deadline

By May 7 – Zoo Teens notified of acceptance or non-acceptance

May 15 – Parent orientation meeting from 5:30-6:15

June 4- Mandatory Training for Jr. Keepers from 8:30-3:30

June 4-8 – Mandatory training for Jr. Counselors from 8:30-3:30 each day


Questions? Contact us at 325-676-6487 or