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Zoo New England's Grassroots Wildlife Conservation

We have some very exciting news to share!
Just recently, we welcomed local non-profit Grassroots Wildlife Conservation Gwclogo Box(GWC) into the Zoo New England family. We're deeply committed to saving wildlife and wild places both locally and abroad. This merger is in perfect alignment with our strategic plan, and by combining our skills and resources, we'll work to fulfill our mission of saving animals from extinction in a much deeper and more impactful way. We look forward to sharing ways that you can get involved through exciting citizen science opportunities right here in your own backyard. Learn more about the merger. Read more about our projects below.

 

Preserving Living Treasures in Our Backyard

In our increasingly crowded and busy world, many of the wondrous living treasures that grace our Earth—from rhinos and polar bears to tropical orchids—are at risk of disappearing. Equally threatened are many of the beautiful and little known animals and plants that live in your state, your town, or perhaps your own backyard.

Our mission is to work with you to help preserve some of our rare and declining species while teaching you about the diversity and wonder of the natural world around you. Come outside with us, roll up your sleeves, and help make sure that generations to come will, like you, delight in hands-on experiences with our rarer wild neighbors.

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Our Projects

Marbled Salamanders

We've begun the first marbled salamander reintroduction project in Massachusetts, bringing these tiny amphibians back to Metro-Boston.

Blanding's Turtle

Each fall, Stone Zoo hosts a group of Blanding’s turtle hatchlings, giving them a “head-start” on long-term survival.

Eastern Spadefoot Toads

Since 2009, we've worked with Mass Audubon to restore these toads to their former range by designing and building vernal pools and headstarting toads for reintroduction to the wild.

Bridle Shiners

We've learned to care for this fish in captivity and worked with conservationists who have succeeded in breeding bridle shiners in captivity.

By Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

New England Blazing Star and Native Pollinators

Native pollinator species are on the decline due to habitat loss. We're helping to bring back rare wildflowers on conservation land around Middlesex county.

Wood Turtles

Once the most common freshwater turtle in eastern Mass, the wood turtle is now state threatened. Since 2012, we've been monitoring these turtles in the wild.

Educator Resources

Support our new Conservation Department with a "Special Edition" Zoodopt!