By Tim Williams

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — If you have a little extra time and the call of the wild, the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore could use your help.

The zoo’s annual volunteer search is underway and, as Tim Williams explains, you could put your wild side to good use.

“We’re really looking for those who can talk to children,” said Zoo Manager of Volunteers Allison Schwartz. “Talk to people of all ages.”

Schwartz says there are tons of areas where interested volunteers can get involved. But while having interest in animals is helpful, knowledge is not a prerequisite for the job.

“It’s good to like animals, to be in this kind of background, but you don’t have to know all about them. We will teach you the information that needs to be said and you go from there,” Schwartz said.

Arvona Green wants to be a volunteer.

“Because I plan on being a veterinarian. I have experience working with both wild and domesticated animals so I figured it couldn’t hurt,” Green said.

Then there are seasoned volunteers like Sarah, Abigail and Emily who handle animals like Snow Queen the Chinchilla, Rafael the box turtle and Elvia, the California king snake.

The bottom line is, you have to be over 14 and have up to eight hours a month to donate to the zoo.

“It’s always good to have a little wild streak in you. It makes everybody fit in just a little bit more,” Schwartz said.

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