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Please note: On Wednesday April 24 at Franklin Park Zoo and Thursday, April 25 at Stone Zoo, volunteers, zoo employees and local emergency responders will take part in routine animal escape exercises. While the exercise is occurring, guests have the opportunity 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). These exercises are an important part of our preparedness training, and we appreciate your participation and understanding. If you have any questions about what to expect, please don't hesitate to contact us at 617-989-2000 or

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Big Joe the Storyteller

Franklin Park Zoo

April 15, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Join Big Joe and his puppet friends on a storytime adventure!

Buy General Admission Tickets

Included with general Zoo admission. No additional purchase or reservation is required for Zoo members

Discover the importance of wildlife conservation through Big Joe's engaging storytelling and boundless imagination. These interactive sessions promise fun for families and visitors of all ages. 

 Storytimes take place in the Tropical Forest Hippo Theater at the following times:

  • 10:30  – 11:00 a.m.
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Don’t go far! Enjoy a Mystery Animal Encounter in between storytimes! You'll meet one of our animal ambassadors up close and discover how we care for animals here and in the wild