African Lions

Science and Conservation Day

Franklin Park Zoo

Saturday, September 23, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Exploring Zoo New England's Contribution to Conservation and Research at the Zoos and in the Wild

Pre-Registration Required
Location: Tropical Forest Classroom


Don’t miss an engaging day focused on conservation and research at Franklin Park Zoo!

Keynote Address

The event's keynote address will be given by Tina Ramme, wildlife biologist and CEO of Lion Conservation Fund, who will speak about her work to help restore lion populations and habitat in Kenya. Lion Conservation Fund is committed to supporting conservation and research initiatives to increase understanding of lion behavior, ecology and biology.

Panel Discussions

  • This panel will discuss conservation efforts in Massachusetts to protect endangered rattlesnakes. Panelists include Lou Perrotti, Conservation Director at Roger Williams Park Zoo, who works on local rattlesnake conservation efforts in New England. Joining Perrotti is Anne Stengle, Doctoral Candidate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, who has been studying timber rattlesnakes in Massachusetts since 2009 with radio telemetry and population genetics.
  • Join Zoo New England zookeepers Sara Jablonski and Courtney Hamm as they share insights from their studies abroad. Jablonski recently traveled to Africa to study obesity and growth patterns in vervet monkeys. Hamm, who also studied in Africa this past year, will discuss her experience with the Cheetah Conservation Fund, where she learned about their dog training program designed to reduce conflict with farmers who guard their livestock from native predators.   

Optional Citizen Science and Urban Bird Citizen Science Training Session

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm.
A Frogwatch Citizen Science training will round out the day for those interested in staying after the main conference, along with an Urban Bird Walk, which will teach you how to identify birds in your own backyard and what apps to use to log your findings.

Registration Fee

Includes a box lunch, Zoo admission, and optional training sessions

  • $45.00 Adult
  • $35.00 Students | Zoo Members

For details or questions, please call 617-989-3742, or e-mail education@zoonewengland.com.

Please note: This conference is geared toward college students, older teens and adults.