Riverbanks Zoo Volunteers

The Thank You Project



Dear Riverbanks Zoo Volunteers,

There are many reasons Riverbanks Zoo attracts millions of visitors every year. I also know even the most talented staff and administration can only accomplish so much as part of their job duties. By my guess, that means there must be an entire cast of behind-the-scenes good Samaritans who lend a helping hand to keep the entire operation running so smoothly and so well.

I’ve been a patron of the zoo for decades. I visited as a child and now visit with my own children. Over the years I have enjoyed watching the zoo grow and change. While I remember watching the polar bear swim underwater and dearly miss the powerful sea lions, there is so much to enjoy during a zoo visit than at any other time I can remember. More species, more exhibits, more attractions and more visitors. All that must take a great deal of extra work.

I don’t know how many of you there are or how much time you spend helping the zoo, but I hope you know not a second of your investment is wasted. You’re supporting a great local asset and a premier regional attraction.

Your time is a tremendous gift. Thank you for making it your business to help our zoo stay the beautiful, leading-edge facility that it is.


Julie Turner


The Thank You Project is a yearlong Wordsmith letter writing and blog project. I’m recognizing and thanking people who enrich my life and make my community an even better place to live. 


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