We miss our volunteers

Below is a recent email that Mary sent out to the Animal Care Team volunteers. We’d love to have them here with us but are glad they are staying safe at home. Hello all, This is typically the time I am arranging the volunteer calendar for April. All I can think about as I look at a blank calendar is how much we very much miss our dedicated Animal Care Volunteers! We are getting by during this shut down. TheRead more

Volunteer Help

I caught some of our volunteers working hard last week. A huge thanks to those spotlighted below, and all the other volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes to help us care for the animalsRead more

QuickPost: Thank you Merck!

We had five staff from Merck out recently to help us out with some extra cleaning behind the scenes. We were able to empty and clean our reptile room, kitchen cabinets, resort food, gather pine cones and other enrichment items, and they even helped us sort mice by size so it would be easier to feed to our animals. We are very appreciative when we have Group Project Volunteers. We literally couldn’t get our jobs done without the help.  Read more

Volunteers at work

We were full staff with a bunch of volunteers Thursday and Friday, and I had no meetings until the afternoon! It meant I could get some desk work done and pop out and say hi to people. A big thanks to these six volunteers and the rest of our behind-the-scenes workers! We cannot take care of the animals without the help of volunteers– last year we had over 4,300 hours of volunteer help.Read more

Group Project Help

We’ve had three groups help us out in the past month: Lenovo did a bunch of barn and roof cleaning in the Farmyard the end of February; Durham Academy kids helped mulch in the Farm yards the second week in March, and this group from Whole Foods scooped in the bear yard and cleared off weeds and brush from all the fence lines. We got about 50 hours of work from these three groups. Click here, here, here, or here,Read more

More help, from more groups

Thanks goodness for volunteer groups that help us with manual labor projects. In September, Biogen Idec was here, scrubbing walls and cleaning up indoors. Last month, Make a Difference Day volunteers really made a difference mulching in the Farmyard animal yards.    Read more