Eco-Cell Electronics Recyling Program
Tossing that used cell phone? Skip the bin and stop by our booth!
Franklin Park Zoo has teamed up with Eco-Cell, a company which provides a “No Landfill” electronics recycling program while raising funds for nonprofits. The Zoo works with Eco-Cell to recycle old cell phones, help the environment and raise money for gorilla conservation. Be sure to drop your used phone off at our Admissions booth at your next visit!
Visit the Eco-Cell website or watch their video to learn more about how the program works.
Quarters for Conservation
Be sure to look for the new Quarters for Conservation kiosks! Tokens will be handed out at the admission booths and visitors will have the opportunity to vote on the conservation project they would like to support. Conservation projects:
- The Northern Koala Education & Conservation Project supports projects to protect koala habitat in Australia. It also works with zoos around the world to develop and maintain a sustainable koala population. Projects funded focus on habitat conservation, education and research.
- The Ape Conservation Initiative is a collective effort by zoos to help conserve wild populations of endangered apes. Projects range from species monitoring and protection to law enforcement, ecotourism, and veterinary and disease monitoring. All projects include the local communities. These projects help gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos, orangutans, gibbons and their habitats.
- The Wildlife Conservation Society Markhor Project in Pakistan works with local communities to sustainably manage markhor and other wildlife. Activities include helping the communities create resource committees and bylaws as well as paying rangers to monitor markhor and enforce laws. While markhor have increased in the area by 50 percent over the last 10 years, they are still endangered.
- The Sahara Conservation Fund is working in Niger to protect the remaining North African ostrich which has disappeared across more than 95 percent of its range. Projects include a captive breeding program and community education. Plans are being made for a future reintroduction of ostrich.
Twenty-five cents of each admission and $2.50 of every membership support the Zoos’ conservation programs both locally and internationally. As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and 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.
Since 2006, Zoo New England has been committed to amphibian conservation efforts in Panama. The institution is helping to lead a consortium of partners to expand the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project. Dr. Eric Baitchman, ZNE Director of Veterinary Services, is the lead veterinarian for this vital conservation effort. Learn more.
Mexican Gray Wolf Reintroduction Program
In a unique partnership between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, state agencies, several zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and other partners, Zoo New England is participating in a reintroduction program to release captive-reared Mexican wolves in remote parts of Arizona and New Mexico. Zoo New England began participating in the Mexican Wolf SSP in 1998. The SSP is a consortium of institutions working together to breed captive Mexican wolves for reintroduction and recovery in the Southwest.
Northern Red-Bellied Cooter Head Start Program
Zoo New England recognizes that there are conservation issues in our own backyard. Massachusetts is home to the rare Northern red-bellied cooter (formerly known as the Plymouth red-bellied turtle). In the mid 1980s Massachusetts became alarmed when field censuses revealed that the Northern red-bellied cooter population was in dramatic decline.
Beginning in 1991, Zoo New England joined with the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, other educational institutions, and a variety of wildlife centers in an effort to increase the survival rate of newly hatched turtles. Annually, ZNE has assisted in the effort to “head start” wild hatched Northern red-bellied cooters. Head starting these turtles allows them to grow under controlled captive care over the winter months when they normally would be in hibernation. During the 7-8 months of captive care, these yearling turtles reach a size that makes them less prone to predation. Since joining the conservation effort, ZNE has received 220 newly hatched turtles. A total of 205, or 94%, survived their first winter, allowing them to return to their natal area of hatching.
Snow Leopard Trust
ZNE, as a participant in the Snow Leopard SSP, is a current member of the Trust’s Natural Partnership Program (NPP), contributing funds to support programs identified by the Trust. Each of these programs identifies the conservation needs, any associated research needs and educational components.
Another successful SSP conservation partnership is the red-crowned crane egg transfer program. Through the years, Zoo New England has provided fertile eggs for transfer to the Khinganski Nature Reserve in Far East Russia. This egg transfer program utilizes these eggs to supplement the wild population.
Eggs transferred are hatched in Russia, reared in a manner that maintains some level of fear to humans, and at the same time encourages them to establish nesting sites closer to local villages. A number of Zoo New England eggs have been hatched, reared, and released to the wild. There has been confirmation that at least one of these offspring has migrated between Russia and Japan.