Nature's Neighborhoods Children's Zoo
Visit our all new Children's Zoo!
Prepare to be immersed in a world of nature, adventure and imaginative play in the all new Nature’s Neighborhoods—the new George Robert White Fund Children’s Zoo!
Start your Adventure
Adventurers are encouraged to navigate the exhibit as they please, shaping their own experiences by exploring and challenging themselves in a safe environment. Your adventure includes:
- Bamboo Climber, incorporating live bamboo plantings and an array of vertical, tilted, crossed and intersecting “bamboo” poles
- Eagle’s Nest, a giant eagle’s nest built around an oak tree offering an “eagle’s-eye” view of the Zoo
- Grass Maze: perennial grasses make for a perfect maze in which children explore looking for sculpted elements representing animals that live in the grasslands.
- Prairie Dog Pop Up: The new prairie dog town provides a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with these adorable little critters
Explore the Neighborhoods
Visitors can explore diverse ecosystem “neighborhoods”—The Woodlands, Wetlands, Grasslands, and Thicket—replicating different bio-geographical regions. By incorporating universal design principals, the space will not only be accessible but will be inclusive for children and families of all abilities.
Meet the Neighbors
Red pandas: Resembling a raccoon, the red panda has white and red markings and is covered with dense fur. In the wild, red pandas are found in the cool temperate bamboo forests in the foothills of the Himalayas and are considered a vulnerable species, threatened by habitat loss.
- Prairie dogs: Small, stout, tan rodents with a lightly white or buff-white belly, prairie dogs use their long claws for digging complex, widespread underground burrow systems. Black-tailed prairie dogs are found in short-grass prairie habitats of western North America, from southern Saskatchewan down to northern Mexico.
- Muntjac: A small Southeast Asian deer, the male of which has tusks, small antlers, and a doglike bark, which has given them the nickname of “barking deer.”
- Aviary species: white-naped crane, red-breasted goose, Baikal duck, azure-winged magpie, Cabot's tragopan, scaly-sided merganser, bufflehead and spectacled eider.
The exhibit also includes two turtle ponds that host a handful of spotted turtles and an adult Blanding’s turtle. More of this semi-aquatic reptile species will be introduced to the exhibit next summer as part of Zoo New England’s local conservation work to preserve wild populations of Blanding’s turtles. Through this project, turtle hatchlings are raised in a safe, stable environment at the Zoo until they are ready for re-release into the wild, which greatly increases their survival rate. Read more on the Blanding's Turtle Project.