Please be advised that on April 25 at Franklin Park Zoo and April 26 at Stone Zoo, we will be conducting a routine animal escape drill. These drills are an important part of our preparedness training. While the drill is occurring, guests will be asked to move to certain areas within the Zoo for a brief period of time (not to exceed 10 minutes). We will do our best to have minimal impact on the guest experience. 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 info@zoonewengland.com.

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Wood Turtles

Woodturtle BoxZoo New England’s Grassroots Wildlife Conservation has been monitoring wood turtles (Glyptemys insculpta) since 2012 at a wetland just east of Hanscom Airfield, in Concord, MA. To our knowledge, this is the last remaining wood turtle population in Concord, a town where this species was known to be relatively common in the past. In fact, the wood turtle was once the most common freshwater turtle in eastern Massachusetts.

Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology’s founder Louis Agassiz once wrote of the turtle in 1857 that it “is so common in the neighborhood … that I have at times collected over one hundred specimens in an afternoon, aided by a few friends.”

Now wood turtles are listed as a species of Special Concern in Massachusetts and listed as endangered on the IUCN redlist. We are participating in the Northeast Wood Turtle Working Group to collaborate with state and NGO partners on wood turtle conservation efforts in the region.

Wood Turtle Fact Sheet