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Photograph: Shai Ben-Ami
The Zoo Patrol provides animal- and nature-loving teens from the age of 14 through 18 with an organized framework to volunteer and learn about zoology, environmental awareness and wildlife conservation. The program, which functions essentially as a youth movement, similar to the Scouts, attracts dozens of teens each year from all of the diverse communities that make up the social fiber of Jerusalem. Many of the Biblical Zoo’s current staff members started out as members of the Zoo Patrol, proving that this program develops the future leadership of wildlife conservation in Israel.
The program combines informal learning in a fun and engaging atmosphere with hands-on work by assisting the Zoo staff with their daily tasks. Activities include:
staffing information booths
explaining correct Zoo visitor etiquette
publishing materials for distribution
volunteer work at the Zoo on a weekly basis
active conservation work such as observation studies of endangered species in the Jerusalem area
The Zoo Patrol is supervised by a program coordinator who develops educational activities throughout the year. Participants are assigned to a counselor who places them in appropriate volunteering positions within the Zoo and who monitors their progress and provides them with technical and emotional support.
Registration for Zoo Patrol is complete for this academic year. Check back next fall to register for next year. For more details, please contact Ori Ben Gigi by email at or follow the Zoo Patrol on Facebook.