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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.)

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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