Birmingham Zoo
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What is a Docent, You Ask?

Docent is the Latin term for “teacher”
Docent is a specially trained volunteer who shares his or her knowledge of the Zoo with children and families at animal programs, education events and classes at the Birmingham Zoo.

Docent duties will vary as much as the volunteers themselves! If you love learning, love animals and love sharing what you know with others, then the Zoo’s Docent program might be for you.

Calling all Future Docents:

Do you love animals and people? Are you passionate about wildlife and different habitats? Would you like to be a part of the Birmingham Zoo’s efforts to help visitors understand and appreciate nature? Then you might want to consider becoming a Birmingham Zoo Docent!

The Birmingham Zoo docent training program is currently being redeveloped. There are many other volunteer opportunities at the Zoo!  For more information, please email We look forward to seeing you at the Zoo!