Please note: 
• On Free Fun Friday, August 26, Franklin Park Zoo will close at 4:00 p.m., with the last admission at 3:30 p.m. 
• Due to the Caribbean Festival Parade on August 27, vehicular access and parking will be greatly affected around Franklin Park Zoo. Beginning at approximately 9:00 a.m., Peabody Circle will be closed to vehicular traffic, and vehicular access to Franklin Park Zoo will only be available from the Shea Rotary on Morton Street. Parking for Zoo guests will only be available at the Giraffe entrance accessed via Pierpont Road.


African Lion

African Predator Conservation Research

Studying animals in their natural environment gives us a broad range of valuable information. These studies can uncover the following: feeding habits; reproductive and social behavior; genetic makeup; how animals interact with and impact other species; and how they are affected by disease. This research helps conservationists develop effective recovery plans for endangered species and helps us better care for the animals in our Zoos.

To assist in this important research, Zoo New England is lending financial support to the African Predator Conservation Research Organization that studies the carnivorous animals of Africa, many of which are endangered.

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Lions, cheetahs, African wild dogs, leopards. All of these African predators are classified as endangered, vulnerable or near-threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.

The African Predator Conservation Research Organization (APCRO) studies these animals—and the prey species with which they co-exist in the wild, such as spotted hyenas and jackals—and shares that information with wildlife and conservation communities to help them formulate effective conservation plans to protect these species. Comprised primarily of researchers from the fields of genetics and veterinary medicine, APCRO examines the role of disease, parasitism, genetics, nutrition, reproductive potential, and pathology in the lives of the animals and their habitats.

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Want to support research on African predators?
Donate to Zoo New England and support our conservation work, as well as the African predators who reside at our Zoos.