Summer zoo camp counselor Ethan Zavala, 18, began working with the summer camp as a “volunteen,” a teenage volunteer with limited duties, during his ninth-grade year in high school. Last year, he got hired as a counselor for the summer camps, he said.

The sold-out summer zoo camp receives a new group of children every week through Aug. 19. There are three age ranges defined as explorers, or children 3-4, trailblazers, or children 5-8, and rangers from 9-10 years old.

The most children Zavala has had in a group was 38, but the numbers range from 30 to 38 week to week, he said.

“It’s fun, but getting a new group of kids every week, you’ve got to help them adjust to us,” Zavala said.

Cristian ArguetaSoto is the community engagement journalist at the Fort Worth Report. Contact him by email or via Twitter. At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.

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Cristian ArguetaSotoCommunity Engagement Journalist

Cristian is a May 2021 graduate of Texas Christian University. At TCU, ArguetaSoto served as staff photographer at TCU360 and later as its visual editor, overseeing other photojournalists. A Fort Worth...