The word ‘Docent’ is derived from the Latin word ‘docere’ which means to teach.
As part of the zoo community, Docents are enthusiastic, reliable people who provide a wide range of service through their expertise and outstanding customer service helping achieve the Zoo’s objectives and mission. Ongoing Training is provided and required so that Docents are knowledgeable on a wide range of related topics and issues.
The PZDA Training Course
Trainee guides are chosen for their people skills, they must be dedicated, outgoing people who enjoy interacting with the public. The Perth Zoo Docent Training course is structured to help people to develop the communication skills and knowledge required to conduct tours and give talks to groups of people.
Although exhilarating and interesting, the course is intensive.
The 5 hour sessions run over 10 consecutive Saturdays and attendance is mandatory. At the end of the 10 weeks, those who have been successful are then on probation for another two months.
PZDA Information Day
Each year in April, the Docent Association holds a free 2 hour information morning at Perth Zoo to explain the role of docents (zoo guides) and the duties they perform. The session includes information and a 45 minute guided tour of Perth Zoo with one of the current Docents.
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