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Summer pet monitor volunteers needed at the zoo

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Staff at the Riverside Discovery Center in Scottsbluff are preparing to open their new heritage barn and petting zoo next month but animals aren't the only thing the new attraction needs to operate.
 
Zoo Director Peter Halliday says in order for the public to be able to interact with the petting zoo animals, trained volunteers are needed because of USDA requirements.

Petting zoo monitors will help teach visitors how to feed animals like sheep, goats and even a llama.

Education curator Kim Miedema says if the zoo can't get volunteers, the petting zoo may not stay open.
 
"Very soon our new petting zoo is opening up and in order for people to go in with our animals and pet them, because that's something that's going to be a new part of our petting zoo, we have to have a monitor present to make sure that the people and animals stay safe," Miedema explained.
 
She says that younger children ages 9-12 years of age are welcome to volunteer as long as they are accompanied by an adult each time they volunteer. Work shifts are roughly two hours.

There will be an orientation training on Thursday, May 29th at 10 a.m. for all who are interested.
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