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Save wildlife & wild places with a special Zoo New England license plate!

Show off your love for wildlife and conservation, wherever the road takes you! Zoo New England is now accepting applications for special license plates. This plate features a beautiful silverback western lowland gorilla and the Zoo New England logo.

Apply Today!

license plate imageProceeds from the sale of this license plate directly support Zoo New England’s programs to save wildlife and wild places in Massachusetts and around the world, so you’ll not only be driving in style – you’ll be making a difference for endangered species like gorillas and countless others. Read more about just a few of these projects below!

We can't wait to take these plates out for a spin, but they won’t be manufactured until we reach 750 applications. We appreciate your patience as applications come in, and encourage you to check back on this page periodically to monitor our progress towards this goal. So, are you ready to join our pack with a special plate? Here are a few more things to know:

  1. Download, fill out, and mail in this application form to us, along with a $40 check made out to “MassDOT” for the special plate fee. Your check will be good for up to one year, and will not be processed until we reach our goal. Additional details can be found within the application.
  2. Once the goal of 750 applicants is reached, it will take 6-8 months for the plates to be manufactured and delivered to local RMV Service Centers where they can be picked up directly.
  3. The RMV will notify each applicant directly when the plates are ready for pick up.

Join us in our commitment to conservation

Your purchase of a special Zoo New England license plate supports our field conservation work and enables us to have a greater impact on behalf of species in the wild, and habitat protection and preservation. From the smallest salamanders in the Middlesex Fells, to stunning snow leopards in Mongolia, help us make an even bigger difference for wildlife! Take a look below at a few of our current projects, and find out about many others here

Cross-River Gorilla Conservation
ZNE has been a longtime supporter of gorilla conservation, and through this partnership, we deepen our commitment to not only Cross-River gorillas, but to the Community Rangers who work to protect them. 

Hatchling and Turtle Conservation through Headstarting (HATCH)
Local classrooms participate in a real-world rare species conservation initiative by raising hatchling turtles to greatly increase their chances of survival in the wild. 

Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project
After thriving for more than 360 million years, one third to one half of the world’s approximately 6,000 known amphibian species could go extinct in our lifetime – a crisis that’s been called “the biggest mass extinction since the dinosaurs." We’re helping to lead a consortium of partners to provide vital protection for these species. 

Snow Leopard Trust
In this conservation partnership, we're working with the Trust on improving collaboration with herder communities in South Gobi, Mongolia to protect snow leopards and their natural habitat. 

Baird’s Tapir Survival Alliance
We're working to develop education programs in which schoolchildren become citizen scientists assessing problems and creating their own solutions to address local tapir conflicts. 

Artwork by Stephanie Liszewski