Thank you for volunteering your time as a chaperone. You are an important part in making this trip to the Amarillo Zoo a success. Here are a few tips to help make your trip an enjoyable one.
What is my role as a chaperone?
Monitoring group behavior: Chaperones are responsible for the behavior of their students/group. Please monitor your group’s behavior at all times and be sure to stay with your group during their trip to the Zoo.
Guiding the students through the activities: The teacher may give copies of scavenger hunt sheets to the students to complete while at the zoo. These are relatively easy to complete. Help guide your students thorough the questions, encourage them to think for themselves and to observe, make guesses and predictions, but let them come up with their own answers. Very often, the answers to the questions can be found by reading the exhibits signs.
- Be sure you understand the activities, meeting times and places
- Don’t be afraid to ask the teacher questions to clarify your role or any times and places.
- Be sure you have a list of the students in your group.
Children can get away quickly so keep your eyes on them at all times.
- Restrooms are located at the concession stand and in the Education Center (this building is closed periodically)
- There is no first aid station but if you need any medical assistance you can notify any staff you may see
- There are no public phones
- Vending machines are available that sell water, soft drinks and fruit drinks and are located at the concession stand
- Do NOT feed the animals.
- No balloons, balls, toys, bicycles, skateboards, roller blades, pets are allowed in the Zoo
- No smoking is allowed
- No climbing on, over or behind barrier fences
- Shoes and shirts are required
- Do not pick flowers or shrubs
- Please do not make any loud noises, tease or throw items at the animals
- Do not tap on the glass while in the herpetarium or Education Center
Zoo Manners – Our rules and the reasons
1. Do Not feed the animals – Keep the animals healthy
Zoo animals receive carefully considered, measured diets based on the needs of their species. Feeding by visitors can result in obesity, and physical and psychological problems. Begging is unnatural and potentially dangerous behavior for animals. Please do not feed the animals.
2. Keep feet below the top rail
Climbing can be very dangerous. Some animals perceive climbers as invaders of their personal space. This can cause stress and illness.
3. Keep the peace for animals
Screaming or tapping on the glass is stressful to animals. Noise can be invasive such as howling at the coyotes or roaring at the lions and tiger. This may frighten the animal into hiding or being still. Accepting an animals’ right to be left in peace is important. Chasing or disturbing free-ranging animals such as peacocks, squirrels and rabbits is a serious, infringement of rules and dangerous for the animals and students. A close look is best achieved quietly and slowly.
4. Keep trash where it belongs
Trash is ugly and potentially dangerous. Animals may eat it or become entangled in it. Trash may blow from the ground into exhibits. Throwing anything at animals is also a serious infringement of the rules. Offenders may be asked to leave. Please clean up all your trash.
5. Keep your pace slow
Make the zoo pleasant and safe for everyone. Please no running.