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First Year Zoo Crew Explorers

Teens, ages 13-17, participating in Zoo Crew for the first time have the opportunity to explore everything that the Houston Zoo does to save animals in the wild.

Program Overview:

From zookeepers, to groundskeepers, to our marketing department, Zoo Crew Explorers will learn about all the different career possibilities and how each of our staff members are active in saving wildlife. They will also have the opportunity to share our animal saving messages with Zoo guests through interactive activities and mentor our campers in our Camp Zoofari summer camp.

The Zoo Crew Explorers program is a 5 week summer program. All first year teens, regardless of age, must complete a summer of Zoo Crew Explorers before they are able to participate in our year-round programming.

2018 Zoo Crew Explorers summer dates are broken into two sessions:

  • Session 1: June-July
  • Session 2: July-August

Zoo Crew Explorers runs Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. Throughout each of these sessions.

Mandatory Orientation and Trainings

  • Orientation
    • Date TBD
    • Both parents and Zoo Crew must attend
  • Training
    • Session 1- Date TBD
    • Session 2- Date TBD

Once first year teens have completed the Zoo Crew Explorers program they are eligible to continue their experience in our year-round teen programs.



Zoo Crew Explorers Program Fees

  • Summer only: $150
  • Year-round: additional $100


Applications for 2018 Zoo Crew Explorers are now closed. Check back at the beginning of 2019 for next year’s applications.  


Interviews will be held in March and April. If you are selected for an interview, you will be given the opportunity to choose which date and time you would like to interview.

All applicants will be notified of acceptance by the end of April.

Unable to attend our information sessions? Find all of the information that was presented here: Houston Zoo Teen Programs Information Session 2018

Check out our Adventure Programs for more ways for teens to get involved with the Houston Zoo!

Questions? Email us at or call us at 713-533-6567