The Minnesota Zoo has an amazing corps of volunteers who support our mission, vision and values with their time, talent and treasure. Since the Zoo opened in 1978, volunteers have donated nearly 3.5 million hours of service to the Zoo. The value of those hours represents tens of millions of dollars! That’s pretty impressive!

Of course dollars and hours do not even begin to represent how grateful we are for all that our Minnesota Zoo volunteers do for the Zoo. In a typical year, our dedicated volunteers walk the exhibit trails at the Zoo ready to answer your questions, point you in the right direction and very often provide just the right ingredients for magical moments that make unforgettable memories. In addition, during these past years, volunteers have supported the Zoo and its mission from afar – by sending words of encouragement to staff, assisting with various projects, and being Zoo advocates within the community. We cannot be more grateful.

We would like to extend a special thanks to volunteers who have achieved the following years of service milestones:

40 Years of Service

  • Anna Anderson

35 Years of Service

  • Kelley Stender
  • Jane Wippermann

25 Years of Service

  • Sara Klasky
  • David Schmidt

20 Years of Service

  • Mark Ahlquist
  • Shirley Ahlquist
  • Tricia Oberg
  • Jennie Wallace

15 Years of Service

  • Vicki Benson
  • Lori Budahn
  • Sharon Ellingson
  • Gary Richter
  • Corrine Smith

10 Years of Sevice

  • Curt Hedstrom
  • Susan Larkin
  • Deandra Pensini
  • Natalie Stephens
  • Michele Tyburg
  • Amy Wages

5 Years of Service

  • Susan Boyd
  • Gretchen Dempewolf
  •  Barb Feehan
  • Dave Kennedy
  • Joy Kjeldahl
  • Al Kramer
  • Kathy Leaon
  • Sarah Mincheff
  • Pam Schori
  • Ellan Welniak