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Celebrate World Lion Day at Franklin Park Zoo!

Take pride in your ROAR and let it be heard in honor of World Lion Day, celebrated in August. Visit the Kalahari Kingdom inside Franklin Park Zoo to see 9-year-old lion brothers, Dinari and Kamaia, and get to know more about them as you ask questions directly to staff during zookeeper chats. Unleash you inner big cat with lion-themed crafts and activities and learn more about these majestic animals and why conservation efforts on their behalf is so important.

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Save the day with PJ Masks at Franklin Park Zoo!

Save the day with the PJ Masks at Franklin Park Zoo on Saturday, August 4! Don’t miss this action-packed day as you meet and pose for photos with the mystery-solving heroes from the hit series on Disney Junior. Guests are invited to come dressed as their favorite PJ Masks hero – and don’t forget the camera!

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Sunset Sips at Stone Zoo

Relax and take in the beautiful summer night as you stroll amongst Caribbean flamingos, bush dogs, North American river otters, black bears, and the rest of the animals that call Stone Zoo home for an after-hours night at the Zoo! Throughout the evening, be sure to visit with the Zoo’s Animal Ambassadors, which could include a baby alligator, a prehensile-tailed porcupine and others. This is the perfect opportunity to learn more and ask the zookeepers questions. There will be music, a cash bar and food available to purchase. Each ticket comes with one free glass of wine from Barefoot Wine and Bubbly. This event is 21+.

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“Africa’s Vulture Collapse” – A Discussion at Franklin Park Zoo

Join Dr. Darcy Ogada, assistant director of Africa Programs for The Peregrine Fund, for a talk on critically endangered African vultures, at Franklin Park Zoo on July 26.

Linked to the rapid decline of African elephants and rhinos in the wild, African vultures have too, undergone a huge decline in recent decades. Hear about the vital roles vultures play in the ecosystem as a top predator and discover what is behind the global vulture crisis. Learn what conservationists and zoos around the world are doing about it and how you can help.

The Africa Programs for the Peregrine Fund, is a non-profit organization based in Boise, Idaho that is dedicated to conserving birds of prey worldwide. Based in Kenya, Dr. Ogada is a leading expert on African vultures and is the Africa Region Co-chair of the IUCN Vulture Specialist Group.

Zoo New England has supported the Peregrine Fund through our Quarters for Conservation program. Franklin Park Zoo is also home to a Ruppell’s Griffon vulture, which are also an AZA SAFE (Association of Zoos and Aquariums Saving Animals From Extinction) species. Through SAFE, AZA accredited zoos and aquariums harness their collected resources, focus on specific endangered species and save them from extinction by restoring heathy populations in the wild, a program that protects threatened animals through education, scientific research, field work, public awareness, and action.

This talk will take place in the Children’s’ Zoo Meeting Barn and is included with Franklin Park Zoo admission.

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Meet the Keepers Day at Franklin Park Zoo

In celebration of National Zookeeper Appreciation Week, Franklin Park Zoo invites guests for a special day to see what it’s like to be a zookeeper! See some of the day to day activities zookeepers participate in, such as feedings and trainings! Join us for special scheduled zookeeper encounters, where guests can ask questions directly to the Zoo’s staff and discover what it’s like to work with the animals every day.

Zoo New England’s dedicated team of animal care professionals provide the highest quality of care to all of the animals that call the Zoo home. A keeper’s day can include an array of tasks including cleaning, food preparation and feeding, medical treatment, training, enrichment, landscaping, exhibit design, animal introductions, public outreach and education, and so much more. Working with animals requires constant complex problem solving and progressive learning. Zookeepers are also involved in research projects, field work and impactful conservation initiatives to positively benefit wildlife and species survival.

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Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with Good Humor at Franklin Park Zoo!

National Ice Cream Day is coming up on July 15, and you can celebrate in a WILD way at Franklin Park Zoo all weekend! The Good Humor ice cream truck will be on Zoo grounds from July 13 – 15. All weekend, guests can purchase one of Good Humor’s signature ice cream treats throughout the day. Don’t miss out on Sunday between 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., when you can cool down with a FREE sample of the Firecracker Jr. popsicle.

Some of the Zoo animals, including gorillas, red pandas and more, will be getting into the spirit too, as they receive enrichment in the form of ice treats on July 15!

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Spend an enchanting day at Franklin Park Zoo’s Butterfly Hollow

Explore the newly decorated Butterfly Hollow (formerly known as Butterfly Landing) at Franklin Park Zoo! Stroll through this tranquil exhibit filled with bright, beautiful butterflies featuring garden beds, a pond and fanciful music. As you stroll through this magical space, be sure to look for all of the enchanting fairy houses nestled within the space.

Learn about the butterfly life cycle and see how many different species you can spot throughout your stroll. Stop by the education station to explore more about butterflies and the important role they play in our ecosystem as a pollinator. There will also be a fairy house craft to take home!

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Food Truck Safari at Franklin Park Zoo!

Join us on June 30 as food trucks from all over Greater Boston roll into Franklin Park Zoo for a deliciously wild evening! At this Food Truck Safari, Zoo guests will have the opportunity to purchase tasty offerings while enjoying music, activities, and the Zoo’s amazing animals after hours! For guests 21+, stop by the beer and wine garden. ID’s will be checked at the bar.

Participating food trucks include Moyzilla, The Whoo(pie) Wagon, Sheherazad, IGOTTAQ, Bon Me Foods, and Roxy’s Grilled Cheese. Access to the Food Truck Safari is included with regular paid Zoo admission. This does not include the cost of food at each truck.

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Be a Super Hero for Endangered Species at Franklin Park Zoo

Calling all conservation heroes! Meet your favorite Super Heroes and learn how you can be a superhero for endangered species!

Tigers, western lowland gorillas and ring-tailed lemurs are just a few of the endangered species who reside at Franklin Park Zoo and act as ambassadors for their populations around the world.

Join us on Saturday, May 19 for Endangered Species Day to discover more about these incredible animals and ask questions directly to zookeepers. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet and take photos with MARVEL’s own Super Heroes, Captain America and Spider-Man.
Kids are encouraged to wear their favorite costumes.

Please note: Captain America and Spider-Man will be available for photos in half-hour increments from 10:15 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

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Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Zoo! Bring in Your Mom to See Ours

Help us celebrate your mom (and all of ours!) at Franklin Park and Stone Zoos this Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13, with free admission for all mothers throughout the day. Bring Mom along with the entire family to either Franklin Park Zoo or Stone Zoo for a memorable day spent discovering all of the incredible animals at each Zoo! Be sure to look for all of the animal moms – at Franklin Park Zoo, say hello to Kiki the western lowland gorilla and her offspring Kimani, Kambiri and Azize, as well as Baird’s tapir mom, Abby and her calf named Ixchel. At Stone Zoo, be sure to stop by the white-cheeked gibbon exhibit to visit mom Iggy and son Jian, as well as the reindeer exhibit to visit mom Holly, and her offspring, Aiofa.

Please note: Last entry is a half hour before closing

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Get WILD during April school vacation week at Franklin Park Zoo!

Looking to get outside and explore during April school vacation week? Spend a memorable day with family and friends exploring Franklin Park Zoo. Celebrate spring as we learn all about the insects and animals that serve as pollinators and how their important work helps the springtime flowers bloom. Throughout the week, there will be zookeeper chats, animal encounters, and more.

Tuesday, April 17: Join us for special bat activities as we highlight National Bat Appreciation Day!

Aussie Aviary Opens for the Season
Aussie Aviary will open for the season during April school vacation week (weather permitting). Stroll among hundreds of brightly colored budgies in this engaging, interactive space. Purchase a seedstick and the birds may land right on it! During April school vacation week, Aussie Aviary will be open 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., weather permitting. After April school vacation week, the exhibit will be open weekends, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., weather permitting. Regular hours begin Memorial Day weekend when Aussie Aviary is open 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. weekdays, and 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. weekends.

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Wizarding Day at Franklin Park Zoo!

Join us for a magical day at Franklin Park Zoo as we bring the wizarding world to you! Attend Quidditch lessons with the Tufts University Quidditch team, The Tufflepuffs, and enjoy magic tricks performed by professional magician, Darren Yong. Science on the Streets from Cambridge Science Festival will put your magical skills to the test as they teach you how to make things fly. And be sure to attend the Herbology class hosted by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, where they’ll teach you all about carnivorous plants, where they live, how to care for them and why some species are facing extinction.

At the education station, discover the threats animals are facing in the wild and how you can help defend these incredible species. There will also be special animal encounters and zookeeper talks about how we care for the Zoo’s fantastic beasts. Guests are encouraged to dress in their wizarding best as we celebrate all things magic.

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Fun in the Tropics at Franklin Park Zoo

Longing for an island getaway? Escape to the Tropics with the Zoo’s young professionals group, The Wild Things, at Franklin Park Zoo! Join us in your best luau gear and dance your way through the Tropical Forest with music from a live DJ and compete in animal-themed games with friends!

Watch the ring-tail lemurs as they discover tropical themed treats as enrichment in their decorated exhibit, and don’t miss special opportunities to meet some of the Zoo’s animal ambassadors. Join zoo staff to learn more about the free-flight birds, including scarlet ibis, yellow-billed storks, hadada ibis and more!

This is a 21+ event and includes two complimentary glasses of beer or wine, appetizers and a cash bar. Western lowland gorillas, pygmy hippopotamus, and a Linnes two-toed sloth are just a few of the animals that call the 72 degree Tropical Forest home.

Proceeds from Fun in the Tropics will support the operation and continued growth of Zoo New England, its education programs, and conservation initiatives.

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St. Patrick’s Day at Franklin Park Zoo

Visit Franklin Park Zoo on Saturday, March 17 and watch as some of the animals in the Tropical Forest receive green-themed treats in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, generously donated by Whole Foods Jamaica Plain. Guests can get creative at the arts and crafts station and discover fun facts at the education station.

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