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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.

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.

2021 Update

Our team is still in the process of determining how we will be able to facilitate the 2021 summer Zoo Crew Explorers program. Please check back in mid-February for updated program details.

Dates and Times

The Zoo Crew Explorers program is a five-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.

2021 Zoo Crew Explorers summer dates are broken into two sessions:

  • Session 1: TBD
  • Session 2: TBD

All five weeks are Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

To participate, teens must be 13 years old by the start of the program on June 1st and they cannot turn 18 before the end of their selected session.

Mandatory Orientation and Trainings


  • Date and Time TBD
  • Both parents and Zoo Crew must attend


  • Session 1 – Date TBD 8:30am-4:30pm
  • Session 2 – Date TBD 8:30am-4:30pm

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

Year-Round Zoo Crew

Applications and Interviews


We are not yet accepting applications for summer 2021, however, please check back in February for more details about applications.


Interviews are typically held in late March and early 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.

Zoo Crew Explorers Program Fees

  • Summer only: $250
  • Year-round: additional $200