The Children's Zoo at Celebration Square, an AZA-accredited facility since 2009, is currently offering Education Internships for the 2014 summer semester.  The Zoo currently houses approximately 160 specimens representing over 50 species of animals.  Education Internships offer the opportunity to gain an understanding of the various types of programs used to educate the public about the natural world in a Zoological Park setting.  Internship positions are unpaid.
Primary Tasks and Responsibilities
  • Assist with and/or teach Living Learning Lab, an indoor/outdoor curriculum-based program focusing on the 3rd grade
  • Prepare for upcoming Living Learning Lab programs
  • Learn and practice proper live animal handling techniques
  • Use provided biofacts in presentations
  • Assist in outreach programs
  • Complete daily paperwork
  • Research education information and update as necessary
  • Other tasks as assigned

Position Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years of age and enrolled in a college or university; or a recent graduate of a college or university
  • Work may be outdoors and in all weather conditions
  • Must be able to lift and carry objects up to and exceeding 50 lbs
  • Must have good public speaking ability
  • Must have working knowledge of basic computer programs
  • Must be able to stand, sit, squat, bend, jump, reach, run, and lift items
  • Ability to work around live animals including mammals, birds, reptiles, and invertebrates
  • Ability to work with teens, children, and adults
  • Ability to follow written and verbal directions
  • Ability to work in a team and independently
  • Basic knowledge of Michigan educational standards desired
  • Creative thinking strongly desired

Time Commitment

  • Internships are part-time 
  • Days and hours of work will be determined upon hiring 
  • Internships run May through August
  • Please notify us if Internship is qualifying for school credit

Contact Information

Please send resume with cover letter stating position applying for to:

Children's Zoo at Celebration Square

ATTN: Education Department

1730 S. Washington Ave.

Saginaw, MI 48601

Fax: (989) 759-1408

email: (Include "Education Internship" in subject line)

No phone calls please



ZOOletide Wreaths are a fun, festive fundraising event here at the Children's Zoo! The Zoo purchases 40 faux-evergreen wreaths to pass out to members in our community who volunteer their time and resources into making fabulous creations! The wreaths are then returned to the Zoo, where they are then on display for the public to view during Holiday's in the Heart of the City and Santa Saturday. You never know what to expect with these hanging concoctions--themes range from your traditional holiday, to bright monsters, to animals, to books! 


 frostywreath monsterwreath mittenwreath


The fun doesn't stop there! Visitors will be able to purchase tickets to be entered for a chance towin their favorite wreath(s)! Tickets are 1 for $1, or 6 for $5. Proceeds from this event go towards keeping the Zoo animals warm and cozy all winter long. 


 This year (2014), join us for Holidays in the Heart of the City (November 21st, 5pm-8:30pm) and Santa Saturday (November 29th, 12pm - 4pm) to participate in this exciting, community activity! For more information on these events, please visit our calendar.





The Children's Zoo at Celebration Square, an AZA-accredited facility since 2009, is currently offering Animal Collections Internships for the 2013-2014 Winter semester.  The Zoo currently houses approximately 160 specimens representing over 50 species of animals.  Animal Collections Internships offer the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and understanding of what it takes to maintain a vibrant animal collection in a Zoological Park setting.  Internship positions are unpaid.


Characteristic Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Work with the Zoo's Keeper staff to gain hands-on experience working with various animals in the Zoo's collection.
  • Provide food, water, and appropriate enrichment.
  • Clean and disinfect enclosures.
  • Observe animal procedures.
  • Participate in educational programs.
  • Participate in Special Event assignments.
  • Complete daily paperwork.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

Work may be outdoor and in all weather conditions.  Must have ability to lift and carry objects weighing up to and exceeding 50 pounds.  Must be able to bend, squat, lift, walk, run, work in tight spaces and/or unusual working conditions.  Must have ability to follow written and verbal instructions.  Must be able to adapt to quickly changing environment.  Must have ability to remain calm in potentially stressful situations. Internships run January through May.

Contact Information

Please submit resume and cover letter stating position to:

Children's Zoo at Celebration Square

ATTN: Animal Collection Department

1730 S. Washington Ave.

Saginaw, MI 48601

Fax: (989) 759-1328


No phone calls please

ZOOletide Wreaths
ZOOletide wreaths are a great way to get involved in the community and the zoo!  Wreaths are hand-decorated by zoo staff, volunteers, and community members!  Until Saturday, December 8th, visitors can purchase entries for a chance to win their favorite wreath!  All proceeds generated by the ZOOletide wreaths help support the Zoo!  If you're interested in decorating a wreath, click here for more information.  Below are some pictures of past wreaths!



Enrichment Tree
Looking for a way to give back this Holiday Season?  The animals would love to see some presents under the tree this year!  Stop by the Zoo Monday-Friday between 9am and 4pm to choose from select items the animals love to play with, or click here to view their wish list!  Donations may be dropped off anytime between 9am and 4pm Monday-Friday.  The animals will thank you as they receive their special gifts on Christmas morning!

Oryctologus cuniculusFlemish Giant Rabbit


  • Leporidae


  • 6-9 years


  • Length: 16-22 inches

  • Weight: 10-30 pounds, males being larger


  • This breed originates from the Dutch/Flanders region in Europe


  • Grasslands and open woodlands


  • Wild: Succulent plant matter

  • Zoo: Purina rabbit chow, greens, produce, and hay


  • After a gestation of 28- 33 days, a litter of 4-8 kits are born inside the burrow or nest site.  One wild female rabbit may have up to 6 litters a year, but normally only 10-12 kits survive from each female every year.  Rabbits and hares exhibit induced ovulation (the female will not ovulate until she has mated), and postpartum estrus, increasing the likelihood to conceive.

Special adaptationsFlemish Giant Rabbit

  • Large ears help draw body heat away from the core, preventing over-heating during warm months

  • Large hind feet provide rabbits with a very powerful kick, which they can use as a defense mechanism, or to power large jumps when escaping predators

  • Rabbits, and many other lagomorphs, practice ‘coprophagy’ or the behavior of consuming fecal matter.  This benefits them by adding bacteria to the digestive tract to aid in the breakdown of plant matter.

  • Rabbits have eyes on the sides of their head, allowing them an almost 360° view


  • This large breed prefers cool temperatures, often lying stretched out in snow banks

  • Rabbits will “thump” with their back feet to communicate to other rabbits when danger is present

  • Rabbits live in large social units and dig an immense tunnel system, called a warren, if allowed

  • Lagomorphs possess a ‘peg tooth’ – a second pair of small incisors which lack a cutting edge found directly behind the large front incisors

  • Rabbits and hares are commonly thought to be rodents, but are in fact classified in a separate family

Conservation status

  • As a domestic breed, the Flemish Giant is not under threat

  • There are 3 species of wild rabbit and 6 species of hare under concern with IUCN


  1. CITES Appendices.  Accessed December 2012.
  2. IUCN Red List of Endangered Species.  Accessed December 2012. 
  3. Burnie, David and Don E. Wilson. Smithsonian Institution Animal: The Definitive Visual Guide to the World's Wildlife. New York, New York. DK Publishing, Inc. 2001
  4. Paddy Petterson, Katja Schulz. Eds. "Oryctolagus cuniculus (Linnaeus, 1758)". Encyclopedia of Life Accessed 24 Jan 2010.