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


Black Bear

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Behind-the-Scenes Experience

Sloth Box

Linne's Two-Toed Sloth

Did you know the sloth is the world's slowest mammal? Take a moment to slow down your own pace to meet these two-toed tree-dwellers! Don't miss out on an up-close and personal look at this amazing species and learn from the keepers who work with them every day!

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

Please note: Sloth tours are not wheelchair accessible.

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Black Bears

Do bears make you growl with joy? Come to the Zoo to learn more about black bears and hear the personal stories of Smoky and Bubba. Join one of their keepers to take part in a training session and discover for yourself just how clever these bears can be! Groups with young children can also help us create enrichment for the bears to explore and enjoy.

  • No age restriction
  • Up to five guests per group

Please note: Bear tours are available Tuesday - Saturday. They do not take place in a behind-the-scenes location.

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.