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World Wildlife Day

Franklin Park Zoo

Saturday, March 3, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

This year's World Wildlife Day theme is "Big Cats: Predators Under Threat." Learn what you can do to help protect and make a difference for the future of big cats. Ask questions directly to zookeepers about some of the endangered animals that call Franklin Park Zoo home during zookeeper chats. Guest are also invited to discover more about big cat conservation at the education table and get creative at the craft table.

Zookeeper Chat Schedule

  • 10:30 a.m. – Baird's tapir
  • 11:00 a.m. – Birds' World
  • 11:30 a.m. – Tiger
  • 1:10 p.m. – Red panda
  • 1:30 p.m.– Mystery animal encounter in Tropical Forest Hippo Theatre

Committed to Conservation

Cheetah, jaguar, leopard, lion, puma, snow leopard, tiger: these majestic big cats are all under threat. Their populations are steadily declining due to poaching, habitat loss, and the illegal trade. Tiger populations have decreased by 95% over the past 100 years and African lion populations dropped by 40% in just 20 years. It's up to us to make the changes—raising awareness, living more sustainably, supporting conservation efforts—that can help reverse these alarming population trends. 

Zoo New England participates in the African lion, tiger, puma and snow leopard Species Survival Plans. By sharing research and knowledge, participating institutions work together to establish guidelines that best ensure the health of captive populations, and with success, the survival of otherwise extinct species.

Learn More & Get Involved

  • Did you know that lions Dinari and Kamaia eat a total of 18 pounds of meat per day, and Luther the tiger eats 11 pounds of meat per day? Feeding these big cats costs approximately $30,000 for just one year! Zoodoption helps us defray some of these costs and provide excellent food, care and enrichment for all of our animals. Zoodopt a big cat today!
  • Video: "Raising, Training and Protecting: Big cat conservation at ZNE"
  • Read about assistant curator Chris Bartos and her border collie, Finn, the first ever scat detection dog at the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia.
  • Analyze Wildlife Photos to Help Panthera Protect Big Cats.

Just for Kids

  • Dress for the big cat occasion in your own lion, tiger or snow leopard mask.
  • Learn more about the largest wild cat species, the tiger! Print out and fold your own Conservation Catcher game to teach your friends about this endangered cat.
  • Add some roar to your read with a printable bookmark featuring Dinari the African lion.
  • Color a lion or complete a tiger or lion dot-to-dot.
  • Learn more about endangered species in our picture book collection.


Event Sponsorship
Is your company interested in sponsoring this event? Zoo New England has many different types of packages that will fit your company’s goals. Please contact Audrey Bedoucha at abedoucha@zoonewengland.com or 617-989-2692 for more information.