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Bird's World, circa 1925

Explore the rich history of Franklin Park Zoo

Franklin Park Zoo

Sunday, May 6, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Pre-registration required (register below)

In honor of Preservation Month, Franklin Park Zoo will be hosting a guided history walk throughout the Zoo grounds. This walk will be led by Dr. Rory Browne, Zoo historian and member of Zoo New England’s Board of Directors.

During the tour, Dr. Browne will highlight the history of several notable Zoo landmarks, including the Bird’s World exhibit and Flight Cage, the Promenade, folly tower, and the statues that greet visitors at the Zoo’s Giraffe Entrance.

Founded in 1912, Franklin Park Zoo is a 72-acre site nestled in Boston’s historic Franklin Park, long considered the "crown jewel" of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace Park System. Designers and early proponents wanted to make the best use of the natural landscape, and saw the Zoo as an educational and recreational institution – just like today!

This walking tour is free with paid Zoo admission. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

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