Ani - Pal 2012
GREEN Foundation along with The LA EARTH Organization started a program called Ani-Pal's for youth who were interested in volunteering at the Nehru Zoological Park they had been visiting since they were young children. Ani-Pal is an essential component of the Zoo's trail experiences and assist in inspiring our
Zoo guests to live in ways that promote the well being of the natural world.
Q)What is an Ani-Pal ?
Ani-Pals are people aged 14 and above interested in animals, nature and conservation who volunteer their time on weekends to The Nehru Zoological Park by sharing their interests with our Zoo Guests at a variety of interpretive stations throughout the Zoo.
Q)What are the requirements to be an Ani-Pal ?
You must be 14 and above as of April 1st of the application year. Upon acceptance of your application, you are required to volunteer a minimum of 40 hours during the Ani-Pals' season, and attend all required orientations and meetings to retain your Ani-Pal status.
Q)What does an Ani-Pal do?
Ani-Pals primarily spend their time interacting with the Zoo visitors through games, crafts, activities. Occasionally, Ani-Pals may also present some small animals to Zoo guests to demonstrate care-giving or natural history concepts.
Q)What are the benefits of being an Ani-Pal?
Over the years, Zoo Staff have been able to observe Ani-Pals develop a keen sense of responsibility, self confidence, public speaking abilities and career skills. As Ani-Pals progress through their years in the program, there are opportunities for further exploration through higher Ani-Pal positions as well as workshops and seminars, in addition to gaining valuable professional skills.
Q)How does someone become an Ani-Pal ?
Youth must complete an Ani-Pal application packet to be considered for the
next season of Ani-Pal.
Applications are accepted during the months of March, July &November (any application received outside of this time period is not eligible for consideration).
A minimum of two recommendation forms are required to be included with the application packet (teachers, school staff or community leaders are recommended).
Completed applications can be forwarded to the Ani-Pal's Coordinator at the GREEN Foundation. All applications are reviewed and a limited number of candidates demonstrating an interest in sharing their enthusiasm for the Zoo and natural world will be selected to come in for a brief interview.
Interviews are then conducted and final Ani-Pal's for the upcoming season will be selected from those interviewed and notified by the beginning of the season.
Timeline for Ani-Pal Program
The Ani-Pal program officially operates through out the year . Prospective Ani-Pal applications are accepted during the months of April & September
April - Start of Ani-Pal's April season
September - End of Ani-Pal's April season / application accepted for October Season
October - Start of Ani-Pal's October season
March- End of Ani-Pal's October season / application accepted for April Season
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