Perth Zoo

Docent Association

The Perth Zoo Docent Association (PZDA) has more than 300 ‘Docents’ who volunteer their time and knowledge to help create a more interesting and worthwhile experience for visitors, as well as helping promote and support Perth Zoo’s efforts in conservation.

Docents work as part of a valuable team, so it is vital we have volunteers who can be depended upon to fulfil their minimum two  days per month. They require a good level of physical fitness as a docent’s duty day involves a lot of walking around the zoo assisting visitors.

Perths Zoo's Vision is simple

– we exist to inspire and act for wildlife conservation

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 free 2 hour information mornings at Perth Zoo to explain the role of Docents (zoo guides) and the duties they perform. The sessions include information and a 45 minute guided tour of Perth Zoo with one of the current Docents.
In 2022, Orientation Information Days will be held in April. Please contact us for more information and to register your details at

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Perth Zoo Docent Association Inc.

20 Labouchere Road, South
Perth WA 6151
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