Even though they’ve reopened the gates and have been welcoming visitors back, London Zoo still needs help to make sure it stays open, so they’re appealing for volunteer workers. Obviously volunteering is unpaid, so the zoo is targeting those on furlough and students whose gap year plans have been scuppered by the pandemic (although anyone can apply), with a commitment of at least half a day each fortnight.

Volunteer manager at ZSL Rhiannon Green has said that they need “cheery, flexible people who can help visitors enjoy their day while respecting the measures that keep everyone safe.” In return they will gain experience working in a team, hone their customer service skills, learn about wildlife and have the chance to experience first hand the leisure and tourism sector in a post-lockdown world. That could be especially useful to anyone furloughed from the hospitality industry”. So if you fancy hanging with the animals and helping out at the zoo, you can apply for the volunteer program here.

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