Millbrook's Trevor Zoo

Did you know that the Trevor Zoo is one-of-a-kind?
It is, in fact, the only zoo in this country that is located at a high school. The zoo was established in 1936 at Millbrook School, a coeducational independent high school in Millbrook, New York. Its founder, Frank Trevor, was Millbrook School’s first biology teacher and a man with a passion for sharing his love of wildlife with all people, especially children.

And there are plenty of other interesting facts about the Trevor Zoo:
  • It houses more than 180 exotic and indigenous animals
  • 80 different species are represented
  • It is home to 8 endangered species
  • Its facilities extended over 6 acres
  • It operates a veterinary clinic
  • It is one of 232 zoos in the U.S. accredited by the AZA (Associations of Zoos and Aquariums)

Academics and the Trevor Zoo

Classes such as Environmental Science and Animal Behavior are tied closely to the Trevor Zoo. Students of environmental science, for example, examine basic ecological principles and analyze human impacts on the biosphere.  The approach is solution-oriented and focuses on sustainability—quality of life for all within the means of nature.  This course is both scientific and multidisciplinary in its approach and challenges students to use the best scientific theory, research, and data to understand a variety of contemporary environmental problems and viewpoints.  Frequent field activities and trips make use of local wetlands, streams, forests, and other wildlife habitats as well as the animals at the Trevor Zoo.

Community Service at the Trevor Zoo

The Trevor Zoo, with its collection of more than 180 animals, provides a unique opportunity for students to work directly with wildlife. The zoo participates in eight Species Survival Plan (SSP) programs and houses eight endangered species. Each student on the service is responsible for a particular animal or small group of animals. Over the course of the year, a student receives three different animal assignments, thereby gaining extensive knowledge of the animal collection. Feeding is done on a daily basis (weekends and nights included) by the student keeper. Students are encouraged to spend as much free time as possible working with the animals and learning about the zoo. Working at the zoo requires dedication and responsibility and can be an extremely rewarding experience.

Zoo Squad

Zoo squad is a student alternative to participation in a sport that takes place Monday through Friday and generally has no weekend commitments. Zoo squad is coached and closely supervised by the AZA accredited Trevor Zoo staff. The daily objective is to accomplish varying general zoo tasks, from feeding animals to renovating exhibits. Being part of zoo squad provides students with an inside view of how the Trevor Zoo runs and the opportunity to closely interact with animals and the areas in which they live.