Conserving and preserving wildlife, both locally and abroad, is one of the cornerstones of Zoo New England's mission. When it comes to conservation, actions speak louder than words. That's why Zoo New England not only educates about the importance of wildlife conservation, but also actively preserves some of the world's critically endangered wildlife. As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), Zoo New England participates in Species Survival Plans (SSPs) at Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo as well as several conservation initiatives in the wild.  Learn more about our wide range of conservation efforts.

What is an SSP?

Species Survival Plans (SSP) began in 1981 as cooperative multi-institutional population management and conservation programs for selected species at North American zoos and aquariums. Each SSP carefully manages the breeding of a species in order to maintain a genetically healthy, and demographically stable captive population. Institutions participating in an SSP share their collective knowledge to establish husbandry and reproductive guidelines that secures the survival of the captive population as a safeguard to possible species extinction. Public education, research, and partnerships with scientists in the field to secure habitat are vital components in any potential reintroduction program. Right now, the AZA, whose membership includes more than 217 accredited zoos and aquariums throughout North America, administers 113 SSPs for 181 individual species.

View a list of SSPs that Zoo New England participates in.



Learn more about the palm oil crisis and ways you can help endangered species!

You can help to preserve the rainforest and the species that call the rainforest their home – avoid items that contain palm oil. Found in cookies, crackers, frozen dinners, shampoo, lotions, cosmetics, pet food, and many other products, palm oil is now the most widely produced edible oil. The increased demand for this oil is fueling destruction of the rainforest habitat of Sumatran and Bornean orangutans, pushing those endangered species even closer to extinction.

Check out this video about the palm oil crisis created by a former Zoo New England volunteer, ZooTeen and Zoo employee who is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Michigan.

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo also has a lot of great resources to educate yourself about the palm oil crisis. Learn even more at 


Committed to Conservation

Do you know that just by visiting the Zoos, you are making a direct contribution to help ensure a better future for wildlife? Twenty-five cents of each admission and $2.50 of every membership support the Zoos’ conservation programs both locally and internationally.


Support the Zoo when buying ink cartridges

Zoo New England is excited to be a participating member of Zoo Cartridges – an online company that donates proceeds from ink and laser cartridge sales to the zoo selected by the customer. The site sells recycled ink and toner cartridges from major printer brands, between 40 and 70 percent off retail price. Zoo Cartridges donates $2 for every inkjet cartridge and $5 for every laser cartridge sold. The company pays applicable sales taxes and offers free shipping to all customers. To order, visit and make sure to click on “Zoo New England” to support the Zoo today!


Calling all Amphibian Lovers


Take advantage of a unique opportunity to participate in a short-term amphibian monitoring program right here in Massachusetts. The UMass Extension Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation Program Department is looking for volunteers to participate once a month in the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program. One night a month from April to July, volunteers are needed to visit specific sites and listen to the calls of the night to identify the amphibians present. The program will provide training to help individuals identify these sounds. This is a wonderful way to directly contribute to local conservation efforts!

For more information about the monitoring program, visit To learn about Zoo New England's involvement with the amphibian crisis in Central America, click here.