Volunteer

If you have a genuine interest in animals and their well being, enjoy working with people, and are enthusiastic and dependable, our Volunteer Programs are for you.

Enrichment Program

To join the Animal Enrichment Team, you need to be available most Wednesdays from Noon until 2PM. You must enjoy animals and have some experience with working with animals. Sound like something you might like? Contact us!  volunteer@hilozoo.org

Enrichment is about adding items or activities that are not part of the “routine” of an animal. The program focuses on getting the animals up and active, stimulating natural behaviors that you would see out in nature, stretching their cognitive abilities, and simply giving the animals something new and fun to do! It is extremely beneficial for the livelihood and well-being of animals and contributes to longer, happier lives.

Petting Zoo

Petting Zoo is every Saturday from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm. Children have the opportunity to be up close and personal with animals in a safe learning environment. Since the Petting Zoo requires working with children, there is a screening process which must take place before you start this volunteer position. Interested persons may fill out a form at the Pana’ewa Zoo Gift Shop. Or contact us at:  volunteer@hilozoo.org

Docent Volunteers

When the County of Hawaii is able to fund an Education Specialist for the zoo, FOZ assists with the training of volunteer docents for zoo tours. However, that position has not been funded by the County for several years.

Special Event Volunteers

FOZ (Friends of the Zoo) can always use volunteers during our events if you aren’t available at consistent times.  Our Plant Sale and Tiger Fun Day are two such events where help is needed.

We also aid the Hawaii Horse Owners Association during President’s Day Weekend when we help them collect tickets for their Annual Pana’ewa Stampede Rodeo. In exchange, they help us by shuttling people from the Equestrian Center parking lot where overflow parking is provided during our major events.  volunteer@hilozoo.org

Volunteers with special skills

Friends of the zoo is always looking for volunteers who have special skills, such as Facebook, Instagram, outreach, fund raising, computer and technical skills. FOZ is also looking for new board members.  If you would like to volunteer your time and have some of the above skills and interests, please contact us.

For more information on the volunteer programs:
volunteer@hilozoo.org