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Teachers Lounge :: Homework Helper Resource Guide

Homework Helper Resource Guide

Thank you for your interest in learning more about the Dallas Zoo!  We have many students each year who wish to use the Zoo as a valuable resource for projects and assignments, and we are beyond grateful for the ever-growing interest. It will take all of us to create a better world for animals!

With many exciting things going on at the Dallas Zoo each day, it is often difficult to accommodate requests for zookeeper interviews or personal experiences for projects.  At this time, we are unable to provide job-shadowing or volunteering experiences outside of our current adult volunteer and youth programs.  Fear not!  This resource guide will help you learn more about the Zoo, animal information, or how to get involved.

  • Visit: Come spend the day with us! The Dallas Zoo is open 364 days a year from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or 5 p.m.  You can even save your gas money and take the DART right to our front gate.  Hours and pricing information here.
  • Keeper Talks & Demos: While you’re here, there are opportunities to learn specific animal information at our many keeper talks, training demonstrations, and wildlife shows. See the daily schedules here. Our keepers are happy to answer a few questions during these talks.
  • Education programs: Sign up for a camp, family program, or one of our other exciting education programs.
  • Volunteering: We are always looking for volunteers to help with a variety of tasks around the Zoo. Youth volunteers are kids, ages 11-18 years, and who have not graduated high school.  The internship program is open to undergraduate and graduate students and have placements throughout the Zoo.  Adult volunteer program is open to those 18 years and up, and may work one-time events or long term volunteer positions.  More information on each program can be found at the links below.
  • Careers: If you are interested in working at a zoo or aquarium there are many different ways to get started. Many keepers and aquarists get their start by volunteering at their local zoo or aquarium.  For most career positions, a bachelor’s degree in a science field (biology, wildlife management, zoology, or even psychology) is required.  Internships also help you gain experience and learn vital skills.  Check out current openings at the Dallas Zoo & Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park.
  • Taking Action: Our Wild Earth Action Team helps by doing direct conservation work here in our community and beyond. This year, they planted trees in Big Thicket National Preserve, restored monarch butterfly habitat in Dallas, and cleaned up Galveston Beach.  Want to be part of the action? Email to find out how you can help.
  • Water/Energy/Environmental Conservation: Protecting our world through conservation and environmental efforts is a movement made up of scores of passionate and dedicated people like you, caring and working together. At the Dallas Zoo, we care for animals and we know our guests, members, and volunteers do, too. We recommend the following site as reputable resource to find out more about your specific conservation or environmental issue: