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Education is a top priority of the Montgomery Zoo. Programs range from a variety of topics including "Alabama Wildlife" to "'Going, Going, Gone." Programs may be done here at the zoo, or at another location such as a school or event.

The Montgomery Zoo Education programs are designed to meet a wide variety of needs. Programs can be scheduled in the Education Classroom, at the Flamingo Shelter inside the zoo, and off zoo grounds. Groups participating in programs can range from daycare centers to assisted living facilities. The program may be adapted to meet an array of needs. Behind the scenes tours may also be scheduled.

Educational workshops are planned at various times throughout the year. Family Fun Days are opportunities for children and adults to participate in learning more about a particular topic, while spending quality time together. Teacher workshops are also scheduled throughout the year. These workshops are geared towards helping teachers and homeschool parents plan a more educational, and relaxing, visit to the zoo.

Education Internships are available to college students who wish to gain credit while working at the zoo. An intern participates in giving presentations, caring for education animals and leading tours. Interns also work on a research project of their choosing. Interns must have completed 15 hours of biology, complete an application and an interview. They must also be a sophomore in college or higher. Anyone who is interested in wildlife.

Docents are one of the most important necessities in the zoo education department. Education Docents are trained volunteers that feed and care for the animals used by the education department. These animals may include birds, reptiles and other animals. They also participate in animal presentations and other areas of public interaction. Docents must undergo various levels of training to be qualified to present animals to the public. Docents can often be found walking the zoo with an unusual animal on their arm. This allows the public an up close and more in-depth view of the animal. This contact generates interest and amazement, enveloping the zoo guest into the experience. Docents are given the opportunity to react one on one with animals, and in turn, they present this opportunity to the general public.

For more information and/or to download a Docent and/or Zooteen volunteer application, please visit our main web site at

To speak to someone about reserving a program or applying for a program, please contact our Education Department at [334] 240-4909 or email at


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