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Volunteer

The Great Plains Zoo invites you to become a part of its volunteer program!  Volunteers are a vital part of the Zoo, and it has a variety of volunteer opportunities that appeal to a wide range of people: 

  • Greeting our visitors as they enter the Zoo and Museum.
  • Being a mascot, a Zoo docent, or an education program assistant. 
  • Handling the Zoo’s education animals like the Ball Python or Striped Skunk. 
  • Helping with special events like ZooBoo, Breakfast with Santa, and Zippity Zoo Day.
  • Delivering posters and flyers around the community.

To get involved in the Zoo’s Volunteer Program you must be at least 16 years old.  (Individuals age 12-15 may volunteer with a parent or legal guardian.)

Current Great Plains Zoo Volunteers sign-in here!

To learn more about volunteering at the Great Plains Zoo, contact the Zoo’s volunteer coordinator at 605.367.8313, ext. 149, email us, complete the Volunteer Application, or fill out form below.



  • Love this zoo! Great place to get a walk in and the animals are everywhere! The museum/indoor part is very educational too. Has a lot of shade for when it's hot out. Very clean. Friendly staff.

    Taylor FSioux Falls
  • We love to visit the zoo. They have great outdoor exhibits and lots to do inside as well. Great for kids and adults.

    Robin A
  • Lots of great exhibits and animals to see! Fun gift shop and learning center.

    Stephanie N
  • A really great zoo featuring some exotic species and I liked the focus on conservancy/breeding to preserve species for the rhinos. The safari area's cheetah was awesome to see. During a week day going, it was quite open to walk around and enjoy without too much crowding.

    Joseph H
  • The museum gives you a break from the sun on hot summer days and has a great selection of animal exhibits from around the world. ¬†The zoo keeps growing and adding new animal habitats or improving existing ones. ¬†Membership offers reciprocal benefits to other zoos around the country.

    Bill T
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