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Volunteer at the Detroit Zoo, go back 65 million years and meet some dinosaurs

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Forget Jurassic Park. Mesozoic Park is coming to the Detroit Zoo … and you can be part of it.

You can guide a group and show off giant prehistoric monsters more ancient than anything human eyes have ever seen to curious onlookers. It’s a childhood dream made possible at the Detroit Zoo. The zoo is looking for volunteers to guide visitors into the Mesozoic Period when 40 animatronics dinosaurs return with Dinosauria. It’s the largest exhibit of its kind.

dinosaur zooThe three-acre exhibit will be at the zoo from May 22 – September 7 and a whole host of volunteers aged 18 and up will be needed to assist and educate guests as Dino Guides along the Dino Trail.

Aside from Mesozoic tour guides, the zoo also has need for other volunteers. So if dinosaurs aren’t your thing, how about one of these?

The Arctic Ring of Life, Australian Outback Adventure and Wildlife Interpretive Gallery, and the Belle Isle Nature Zoo need volunteers.

For a description of positions, orientation details, and to download an application click the volunteers link at

Arctic Ring of Life

Arctic Ring of Life

Volunteers do not handle or feed any of the animals, so no experience is needed.  Those who volunteer will receive some perks, including discounts and an annual volunteer appreciation party.

March marks the beginning of recruitment and training for those giving their time in the always busy summer season.  Orientation dates for volunteers are Saturday, March 21, 9-11:30 a.m.; Saturday, April 11, 9:30-11 a.m.; Saturday, May 2, 9-11:30 a.m., and Wednesday, June 3, 6-8:30 p.m.

Advanced registration is necessary for all those wishing to participate.  The training takes place at the Detroit Zoo’s Ford education Center.  For further information call (248) 541-5717 ext. 3802 or email

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