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Cocktails for Conservation

Jan. 21, Feb. 18 and March 25, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Join us for our virtual happy hour series, where you'll hear from Zoo experts and learn more about the passion, care and commitment that fuels our work to save species from extinction and inspires caring and action on behalf of wildlife and wild places. This is a great opportunity to plan a virtual meet-up with friends, learn about the natural world and enjoy your favorite cocktail from the comfort of your own home. All proceeds support Zoo New England’s Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo.

wild things logoThis series is presented in partnership with The Wild Things, Zoo New England’s emerging leaders and young professional group. This group supports our conservation mission by organizing events to raise awareness. The group is led by a dedicated Executive Committee and provides members with unique and fun opportunities to volunteer, network, and socialize for a shared cause. Get involved!

 

Price: $15 per session

"Door" Prizes Include: 

  • Behind-the-Scenes Tours of sloth at Stone Zoo or red panda at Franklin Park Zoo
  • $50 Shortpath Distillery Gift Certificate
  • Four general daytime admission tickets to Zoo New England

Winning names will be selected at the end of each session!

Oh, Baby!
Meet some of the newest members of the Zoo family

January 21
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

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The Tropical Forest at Franklin Park Zoo is abuzz with excitement following several high profile births. Zoo New England’s Vice President of Animal Care, Dr. Malu Celli and Vice President of Animal Health and Conservation Dr. Eric Baitchman, will talk about the careful planning, collaboration and attentive care that was required for the fall 2020 births of Baird’s tapir twins (believed to be the first in the world), a pygmy hippo (a first for Zoo New England) and a western lowland gorilla (the first gorilla delivered via Cesarean section at Zoo New England). These new additions are not just adorable, each is a beacon of hope for continued survival of their species.

Presenters:

malu celli

Malu Celli
Vice President of Animal Care
Bio

eric baitchman

Eric Baichman
Dr. Eric Baitchman, Vice President of Animal Health and Conservation
Bio

katie cashman

Katie Cashman
Education Program Coordinator
Moderator
Bio

cocktail

Short Path Distillery is offering a 15% off discount code on the shop for all non-alcoholic items using code "FRANKLINPARKZOO" at checkout. Valid through 3/31/21. 

"Bird is the Word" Short Path Distillery Cocktail Recipe:

  • 2oz Winter Gin
  • 1/2oz Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2oz Lime Juice
  • 1/2oz Simple Syrup
  • Add all ingredients to a shaker tin filled with ice, and shake until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice, and garnish with a lime wheel.
  • Winter Gin can be purchased for pickup or delivery at Short Path Distillery (within an 8-mile radius) through the online shop.

Sex at the Zoo:
Mating rituals and attraction in the animal kingdom


February 18

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

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Join us for an inquisitive chat about private lives of animals during the second installment of our series, Cocktails for Conservation. Do animals find each other appealing or attractive? What are the similarities and differences between human and animal courtship? What can the techniques that animals use to attract mates teach us about friendship and romance? Join us for titillating tales from the animal kingdom and the behind-the-scenes work that leads to love because, when it comes down to it, there are more similarities than differences between people and their non-human relatives!

This talk is geared toward adults.

Presenters: 

Rory Browne

Rory Browne, D.Phil.
Historian and former Boston College Professor
Bio

caitlin andujar

Caitlin Andujar
Education Program Manager
Moderator
Bio


Keeping Our World Wild:
Zoo New England’s Commitment to Saving Species and Inspiring Tomorrow’s Conservation Leaders


March 25

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

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Have you wondered what really happens behind the scenes at the zoo? During Cocktails for Conservation this March, we'll be sitting down to chat with our conservation team! Grab a beverage of your choice and join us to discuss breeding programs, work with project partners across the globe, and the fieldwork happening right in our own backyard to protect rare and threatened species.

Presenters: 

bryan windmiller

Bryan Windmiller
Director of Conservation
Bio

malu celli

Malu Celli
Vice President of Animal Care
Bio

caitlin andujar

Caitlin Andujar
Education Program Manager
Moderator
Bio

 

emilie wilder

Emilie Wilder,
Grassroots Wildlife Conservation Program Manager

 

Zoom Information

  • A Zoom link will be sent to the email used for registration the morning of the event. Please feel free to arrive to the Zoom session a few minutes early.
  • The Zoom link is valid to log-in to one device.
  • We ask that you refrain from recording the program.
  • This event is geared towards an adult audience.
  • If our scheduled event is disrupted by weather or an unstable internet connection, we will work to re-schedule.