Vol­lie loves her work at the zoo

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

DI Mitchell is no stranger to han­dling snakes or greet­ing vis­i­tors at the Perth Zoo.

The South Perth res­i­dent is among the 310 ac­tive vol­un­teers who make up the Perth Zoo Do­cent As­so­ci­a­tion, an in­de­pen­dent or­gan­i­sa­tion that helps an­i­mals and tourists.

“I wanted to some­thing dif­fer­ent af­ter I re­tired, the zoo was close, and I re­ally loved the an­i­mals and gar­dens at the zoo,” she said. “The do­cents are all re­ally lovely and since I joined about 12 years ago, I’ve been sup­port­ing the as­so­ci­a­tion; I’ve been a sec­re­tary and vice-pres­i­dent in the past.”

Mrs Mitchell said she had her “fin­ger in a lot of pies” at the zoo and had been in­volved in many ac­tiv­i­ties

“It’s the old adage that you get out of it what you put in,” she said.

“I’ve met a lot of fab­u­lous friends and like-minded peo­ple and I just love the an­i­mals.

“About two years ago, one of my friends talked me into sit­ting the exam so I could han­dle the snakes and now I just love it.

“I do en­joy look­ing at the crocs, they are so fab­u­lous and pre­his­toric look­ing but I also like to ele­phants and orang-utans too.”

Mrs Mitchell said she also en­joyed greet­ing vis­i­tors and help­ing them on their jour­ney around the zoo.

The Perth Zoo Do­cent As­so­ci­a­tion is look­ing for peo­ple aged 18 years and over, who are good com­mu­ni­ca­tors, phys­i­cally fit and can com­mit at least two days a month from 9am un­til 3pm.

A free two-hour in­for­ma­tion ses­sion will be held at Perth Zoo on April 1 to learn more about the role and du­ties of do­cents. Visit www.perth­zoo.wa.gov.au/event/ an­nual-do­cent-in­take-2017.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d466860

Di Mitchell.

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