Detroit Zoo asking for volunteers who are passionate about penguins

- The Detroit Zoo is getting ready to open up its new Polk Penguin Conservation Center in April and is asking for some passionate volunteers to lend a hand.

The first volunteer orientation session of 2016 will be held on Saturday, March 5, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Detroit Zoo's Ford Education Center; advance registration is required. Additional sessions are scheduled monthly through June.

Volunteers are also needed in the Zoo's Arctic Ring of Life, Australian Outback Adventure and Wildlife Interpretive Gallery as well as at the Belle Isle Nature Zoo. No experience is necessary to become a DZS volunteer, and volunteers do not handle or feed the animals.

Visit and click on the "Volunteer" link under "Support" for descriptions of Volunteer and Volunteen positions, orientation dates and details, and to download an application. For further information, call (248) 541-5717 ext. 3802 or email 

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