Please note: Volunteers, Zoo employees and local emergency responders will take part in a routine animal escape drill on Wednesday, April 26 at Franklin Park Zoo, and Thursday, April 27 at Stone Zoo. These routine drills are an important part of our preparedness training. While the drill is occurring, guests will be able to participate in the evacuation portion, and may be asked to move to certain areas within the Zoo for a brief period of time (not to exceed 10 minutes). We are very dedicated to safety and we appreciate your participation. If you have any questions about what to expect, please do not hesitate to contact us at 617-989-2000 or


Red Panda

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Behind-the-Scenes Experience

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Red Panda

You don't have to travel to a bamboo forest to meet red pandas! Visit  these adorable animals in the new Children's Zoo and learn all about them from zookeepers and educators. If the animals are keen on a snack, you may even be able to feed them!

  • Ages 6 and up
  • Up to four guests per group

Giraffe Feeding


Need someone to look up to? Meet our Masai giraffes, the world's tallest land mammals, in their off-exhibit area and learn how we care for them. If the animals are keen on a snack, you may even be able to feed them!

  • Ages 6 and up
  • Up to five guests per group


A Day on the Farm

Looking for a hands-on visit to the Zoo? Head over to Franklin Farm to learn more about horses, ponies, donkeys, sheep and goats as well as chickens and pigs. See how to groom a horse and meet the other animals up close. If the animals are keen on a snack, you may even be able to feed them!

  • Ages 3 and up
  • Up to five guests per group

Tour Details

  • $150 for 30-minute group tour
  • Tours are led by knowledgeable Zoo staff
  • Please note age restrictions on each tour
  • Tours operate during Zoo hours (subject to availability, two weeks advance request required)
  • Please note, every animal moves at its own special pace, so we can't pre-arrange an animal's activity level or nap schedule for your tour!

Book a Tour!

Email or call 617-989-3742. 
Please note: Two weeks advance request required. Tour dates fill quickly and may not be available.


VIP President's Circle Tour

Become a member of Zoo New England’s President’s Circle, and you’ll receive a number of exclusive benefits, including a private behind-the-scenes tour for up to six guests. During your two-hour tour, you’ll have up to four animal encounters and meet with a zookeeper one-on-one. Please note, not every animal is available for an encounter. Just let us know your favorites in advance, and we’ll try our best to make it happen.

Learn more about joining the President’s Circle

Venue Tours

Looking to host your special event at the Zoo? From weddings, birthday parties and celebrations, to corporate meetings and events—you name it, we’ve got a venue for it! Check out our Parties & Private Events page for more information.