Big Hearts: Man Volunteers to Clean Up Abilene Zoo

Big Hearts: Man Volunteers to Clean Up Abilene Zoo

He grew up visiting the Abilene Zoo and now an Abilene man is helping to keep it clean.
When you visit the Abilene Zoo, you'll find a large collection of animals along with 13 acres of impeccable gardens throughout the property.

"I take care of all the plants on grounds that are outside of animal exhibits," says Jonathan Sharp, a horticulturist at the Abilene Zoo.

Jonathan Sharp is the lead horticulturist. His job is a little bit easier these days in large part to Zach Crook.

"I heard they were volunteering around here," says Zach Crook, a volunteer at the zoo.

Zach Crook immediately hopped on board, put on some gloves, and got straight to work.

From watering to weed eating, there is no task that is too tall for Zach, "I love looking at how the zoo looks better. Like, I'll finish pulling out weeds and stuff like that and then when I'm finished, I look at the garden and I'm like, I did this," adds Crook.

While it may be all volunteer work, Zach is still under a microscope. The tallest residents keep close watch to make sure his work is up to their satisfaction. Zach earns an A+ even with a second opinion from the ostriches.

Sharp says Zach has been by his side for more than 100 hours in just a month, "He's a really hard worker and he loves to be here. That's the hardest thing is wanting to be here whenever you can. He does whatever we need him to do. It doesn't matter."

"When I come by, I always try to make the best of every second, I'm here," says Crook.

The Abilene Zoo can always use more volunteers. You can give them a call at (325) 676-6085 interested in volunteering at the zoo.
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