by Margaret Degennaro
Zoo Champions for Restoring Endangered Wildlife (Zoo CREW) is an immersive volunteer program at the Philadelphia Zoo where teens can become conservation ambassadors, gain experience working with animals, and take action for animal conservation. Zoo CREW teens have amazing experiences and make life-long memories while developing their career and professional skills. Applicants must currently be in 9th grade. Preference is given to students from challenged communities.
This past August, ZooCREW students from the Zoo’s award-winning youth program and staff embarked on an amazing and life changing four-day experience to learn and work with Dr. Marcella Kelly at Virginia Tech University.
Dr. Kelly, a long-time Philadelphia Zoo conservation partner and the 2013 Philadelphia Zoo Global Conservation Prize winner, is renowned for her use of cutting-edge technology to study rare elusive species, such as big cats in the wild. Her ‘camera-trapping’ technique uses infra-red, remotely-triggered, motion sensitive cameras arrayed across a landscape to “capture” animals on film in order to better understand and protect these species.
During their excursion, students interacted with field researchers who travel the globe saving wildlife. This real life conservation experience is just one of many that the ZooCREW experiences during their time with the Zoo.
Students interested in joining the fun at Zoocrew can can fill out the online application at http://www.philadelphiazoo.org/Get-Involved/Volunteer/ZooCREW
Students must be betwwen 14- 18 years of age. For more information contact Laura Houston at 215-243-5243 or email her at Houston.Laura@phillyzoo.org