Saturday, May 12, 6:00 - 11:00 p.m.

Zootopia, Zoo New England's annual fundraising gala, "brings the Zoo” to the Cambridge waterfront's Royal Sonesta Boston Hotel. The evening begins with a cocktail reception and auction followed by a spectacular dinner and dancing. During the cocktail reception, guests will have the opportunity to meet some of the Zoos’ education program animals.

Event proceeds help further the Zoos’ mission to inspire and educate the next generation of conservation stewards and leaders.

Purchase Tickets

For more information or to inquire about tickets or a table sponsorship, please contact Lanandra Russell at 617-379-5190 or lrussell@zoonewengland.com.

Submit your nominations for the Young Conservationist Award

Do you know an outstanding youth who is an advocate for wildlife and conservation? Nominate him or her for the Young Conservationist Award!

Submit a Nomination


As part of the Zootopia celebration, Zoo staff is excited to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Young Conservationist Award.

Youngconservationist2017The nominated youth should be between the ages of eight and 18, have demonstrated a positive commitment to Zoo New England and its conservation mission, and have engaged in some outstanding action to support this.

The award, which includes a $2,500 scholarship, will be presented at the Zootopia gala to further the recipient's project, conservation work and education. The winner and two adults will receive complimentary tickets to Zootopia to participate in the awards ceremony.

Nominations for the Young Conservationist Award are being accepted through Friday, March 16, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. 

Email questions to YoungConservationistAward@zoonewengland.com.

Pictured here: 2017 Young Conservationist Award winner, Scarlett Timm

Event Parking & Road Closure Information

Royal Sonesta Boston
40 Edwin H Land Boulevard
Cambridge, MA 02142

There are a few options for parking, including valet at the hotel, self-parking at the hotel garage, or self-parking across the street at the Cambridgeside Galleria garage.

Additional information for hotel parking can be found here: https://www.sonesta.com/boston/?fa=gettinghere.home. For the Cambridgeside Galleria, please visit: http://www.cambridgesidegalleria.com/parking.


The French Library will be celebrating Bastille Day with their annual street party on Marlborough Street. More details to come regarding alternate routes.

Take a look at a few highights from last year's event: