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.


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Respository's confiscated wildlife items

Join the Herd: End Elephant Poaching

We're celebrating for elephants!

Thanks to you, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a near-total ban on the commercial sale of ivory in our country. We appreciate all who raised voices in support of the new Federal Regulations. But, these new Federal Regulations do not provide protection for intra-state sales in Massachusetts.

What you can do

Elephants and rhinos need your help! The end of the legislative session is near with only days left. A Massachusetts state bill that would help protect elephants and rhinos has reached a crucial step, and we need your support to pass a strong bill. Senate bill 440 restricts sales of ivory and rhino horn. Unfortunately, it is stalled in the legislature. Now we have to convince legislators to pass it as soon as possible and with language as strong as possible —you can help by calling the Senate Ways & Means Committee and telling them that you support a ban on ivory and rhino horn trade in Massachusetts. 

Senate Ways and Means:617-722-1481
Senator Karen Spilka, Chair of Senate Ways and Means:

Suggested language:

"Dear Senator Spilka,

As a resident of Massachusetts, I support a ban on ivory and rhino horn trade in the state. Poached wildlife parts can easily be disguised and sold as long as there is a legal market for the product, so I urge you to strengthen Senate bill 440. Thank you for your consideration."

Thank you for your support! Together, we can help to ensure the survival of these majestic animals.

The Crisis

  • Elephant and rhino poaching is a brutal and bloody practice – animals are chased with helicopters and shot down with military-grade weapons, and tusks and horns are cut off faces of sometimes still-living animals. Wildlife trafficking is an escalating global crisis fueled in part by the U.S. ivory market – one of the largest globally.
  • Approximately 96 elephants are slaughtered for their tusks daily—that’s one every 15 minutes. African forest elephants face extinction in the next 20 years.
  • A rhino is killed for its horns every nine hours in South Africa. All five rhino species are now endangered with some species on the brink of extinction.
  • Illegal ivory trade activity worldwide has more than doubled since 2007 and tripled since 1998, and Massachusetts plays a role in this market.

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Video: 96 Elephants- A Killing at the Bai

Please note, video includes graphic content.

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Just for Kids

"Not enough people know or realize what is happening to elephants...that's why I'm here."

Meet Anna, a wildlife supporter and member of Stone Zoo's Guest Services team. Hear from this dedicated teen about the elephant crisis and learn how you can join in her fight to save elephants from extinction.

There's an elephant in the room!

Download and print your own elephant mask. You'll need the following tools for this project:

  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • Tape or Glue
  • String
Download and Print

Turn your handprint into your very own elephant!
Here's what you'll need:

  • Scissors
  • Markers or Crayons
  • Pen or Pencil
  • Tape or Glue
  • White Paper
  • Background Paper
Download Instructions

Take the Pledge

Download our coloring sheet and take the pledge to save elephants and rhinos.

Download and Print

Be sure to check out our Kids' Corner for more arts, crafts and animal facts!

 96Elephants Coloringsheet (1)


You Can Help

ElaphantpairWe can prevent the extinction of African elephants and rhinos if we act now. Support the ban on the sale of ivory in Massachusetts by supporting Senate Bill 440 and House Bill 1275- An Act to Prevent Trafficking in Ivory and Rhino Horns.

This legislation does not criminalize possession or inheritance/noncommercial gifts of ivory. It prohibits the sale of ivory in Massachusetts.

Together, we can stop the sale of elephant ivory and rhino horn and ensure the survival of these majestic species.