ASHEBORO, N.C.- For those seeking something more than New Year's resolutions of diet and exercise - this year determine to reshape your life by becoming a volunteer at the North Carolina Zoo.

The zoo is currently recruiting volunteers to serve as exhibit interpreters, wildlife rehabilitation volunteers and zoo hosts. There are many ways to contribute, such as caring for native wildlife, educating visitors about the Zoo's animal and plant collections and relevant conservation issues, stocking shelves in the gift shops or growing browse for the Zoo's animal collection. There are also opportunities for schools, businesses or groups to volunteer for special projects.

Minimum age for volunteers is 16, but there are some opportunities for parents and children (minimum age of 12) to volunteer together. Volunteers are asked to commit to 90 service hours during the calendar year and in return, receive a nice benefit package including training, free zoo admission, behind-the-scenes tours and more.

Regardless of whether you want to volunteer for a day, the summer or a lifetime, the N.C. Zoo has something for everyone.

To learn more about volunteering at the zoo, visit and complete an on-line application or contact the zoo's Volunteer Coordinator, Toy Jarrett, at 336.879.7712.

The zoo is an agency of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dee A. Freeman, Secretary; Beverly E. Perdue, Governor.