Zoo Teens

Find the Zoo in You! Even you can become a future Entomologist, Herpetologist, or Wildlife Biologist. Start now with ZOO TEENS - a program dedicated to building the conservationist inside of you.

Jr. Keeper

100 Hours

Work with the animal care staff behind the scenes as you create diets, clean exhibits, feed animals, and discover the daily life of a zookeeper. Jr. Keepers will work closely with the animals, but there will be little to no contact.

Application Requirement:
Completed Application
Recommendation Letter from 2 unrelated adults
A personal interview with Zoo Staff (2-3 minute live speech/talk on the importance of zoos and aquariums)

Mandatory:
Proof of a negative TB test
Zoo Teen training week

 

Applications will open February 2022

Jr. Counselor

140 hours
Inspire the future generations of conservationists as you join our summer camp teachers to guide campers’ learning through zoo tours, crafts, and animal encounters. Learn how to handle and care for ambassador animals both for the campers and for the public.

Application Requirement:
Completed Application
Recommendation Letter from 2 unrelated adults
A personal interview with Zoo Staff (2-3 minute live speech/talk on the importance of zoos and aquariums)

Mandatory:
Home-based animal research before training week
Zoo Teen training week

Application

Hannah Cannon

Texas Christian University Environmental Science, HARE

My name is Hannah Cannon, and I’m currently a student at Texas Christian University studying Environmental Science with a minor in Human-Animal Relationships. I got on this track after my six years at the Abilene Zoo with the Zoo Teens program. The program was probably the number one deciding factor in what I wanted to do with my life. Not only did it help me with that, but it also helped me with getting into the school of my dreams. Zoo Teens is more than just something to do with your summer, as I first thought it was going to be, when I was thirteen. I made an impact in others’ lives, I made friends that I am still in contact with today, having not seen them in years, and I have made an impact on this earth. Zoo Teens allows you to not only learn about this the animals on this beautiful planet, but also to help make a difference, you get to teach the youth, the future of this world, all about the animals and how they can help – and they really care! The kids at camp love coming, and seeing all the different animals that YOU get to handle, they love touching them, and they love learning about them. They ask questions, and remember what you tell them. The kids that come back camp after camp are proof of that. Zoo Teens gave me a chance to have more than just the typical summer year after year, it gave me the opportunity to make a difference, and figure out where I wanted to be, and what I wanted to do, not just each summer but for the rest of my life.