Docent Informations
What does "docent" mean?
We are a young group. The pioneers started the group in April 1997. Since then, we have grown modestly to 93 docents. The Night Safari Volunteer Rangers were brought under the Docent Programme in March 1999.
The docents are self-run by a committee of docents which co-ordinates inputs from all docents and liaises with the zoo management to put into motion the group's activities.
A docent newsletter is issued every two months so docents can keep up with the latest in zoo happenings and docent activities. Sprinkled with inspiring stories and amusing anecdotes, the Docent Deliberations is always a great read! We also constantly undertake research projects to expand and update our knowledge as well as explore new areas of interest.
Singapore Zoological Gardens Docents
About the Docents
What does "docent" mean?

The Latin word "doceo" means "to teach". The Zoo docents are volunteers who share with visitors the mysteries and wonder of animals that we share this planet with.

Our mission:

is to complement the educational efforts of the Singapore Zoological Gardens and Night Safari by providing special programmes which educate visitors on conservation awareness and encourage respect for animals.

What do the docents do at the Zoo?

The docents run Discovery Stations and provide guided tours of the Zoo on Sundays.

African Adventure: discover secrets about the Great Grazers and their predators
Creepy Crawly: learn more about snakes and other reptiles
Fragile Forest: an introduction to the complexities of habitats, mind-boggling bugs and forest mammals
Tame & Touchable: an introduction to domesticated animals and popular pets
Zoo Inside & Insights: a behind-the-scenes tour of how a modern zoo keeps its animals happy and healthy, including a visit to the kitchen and the vet. Primarily Primates: learn more about the colourful world of primates

What do the docents do at the Zoo?

We are a group of enthusiastic volunteers with wide range of interests, experiences and personalities. But we're united by a passion for animals and the commitment to reach out to visitors and to raise awareness about conservation. We come from all walks of life and all ages, made up mostly of Singaporeans and some expatriates. Click here for the History of the Docents.

Further informations in german can be found here!
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