Know Before You Go:
• To ensure the safety of staff and guests, we've made modifications to the Zoo experience in accordance with public guidance and health recommendations. Please review our Re-Opening FAQs (FPZ and SZ) before your visit.
• Members:​ Online reservations are required for your visit.


A Wild Affair

Stone Zoo

Saturday, June 20, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Thank you to all who attended our virtual A Wild Affair event! 

While we couldn’t gather together to celebrate in person, we enjoyed bringing Stone Zoo to you through a special live program (view videos below) on Saturday, June 20, 2020. Some highlights included a training video with our black bears, Smoky and Bubba, a walk through our conservation work with Dr. Bryan Windmiller, Director of Conservation, and fabulous commentary from our hosts Joe Gresci, Director of Guest Services and his sister, Lisa Gresci, reporter for WBZ-TV. We would also like to thank our sponsors StonehamBank and Weiss Farm sponsored by Donna Weiss for their ongoing support. 

These are uncertain times, and we are truly grateful for your role in making our first virtual A Wild Affair event a success. Together we were able to raise over $26,000 for the operation of Stone Zoo and for the care of the animals that live here. The well-being of our animals is at the core of our organization and they continue to receive the expert care they are accustomed to each and every day.  

Thank you for being part of the Stone Zoo family and we look forward to seeing you at our gates again soon! 

Virtual Program

Sibling duo, Joe Gresci, Stone Zoo’s Guest Experience Director, and Lisa Gresci, WBZ-TV reporter, were the hosts for this year’s virtual event. Here’s a look at the full program, or you can scroll below for program highlights. 

Program Introduction
Johh Linehan, Zoo New England President and CEO

Meet the Wolf Pack
We’re thrilled to introduce to you Stone Zoo’s newest residents: six Mexican gray wolf brothers.

Zoo New England’s Commitment to Animal Care in Extraordinary
Malu Celli, Vice President of Animal Care

Conservation Initiatives Here in New England and Across the Globe
Bryan Windmiller, Zoo New England’s Director of Conservation

Need we say more? Join our Education team for a virtual meet and greet with these fascinating two-toed tree dwellers!

Black Bear Training Session
Meet bear brothers, Smoky and Bubba, and learn about the importance of training here at Zoo New England.

Thank you to these local restaurants and breweries for providing exclusive A Wild Affair discounts!


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Host Committee

Thank you to our A Wild Affair 2020 Host Committee for their support.

Lisa Barras
Rachel Bennett
Genevieve Bregoli
Dave Caron
Beth Copp
Ellen Curran
Thomas Dalton
Kim Doherty
Danishia Gomez
Joe Gresci
Deborah Hogan
Janice Houghton

Ed Hurley
Fran Mandeville
Cynthia Mead
Courtney Ready
Cari Roche
Victoria Sutherland
Greg Tocco
Donna Weiss

Event Sponsors

Thank you to 2020 A Wild Affair sponsors, Stoneham Bank and Weiss Farm sponsored by Donna Weiss.

Stoneham Bank
Weiss Farm

Thank you!

Proceeds from your A Wild Affair tickets support the operation and continued growth of Stone Zoo, its education programs and conservation initiatives. Looking to make a greater impact? Here are a few more ways you can support our work.

Interested in donating an auction item? Please contact Rachel Bennett at

Is your company interested in sponsoring this event? Zoo New England has many different types of packages that will fit your company’s goals. Please contact Dave Caron at or 617-989-3760 for more information.