ZOOCREW – Youth Program at the Philadelphia ZOO

by Margaret Degennaro

Screen Shot 2015-03-09 at 1.01.47 PM
Zoocrew students on field expedition

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

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s