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World Wildlife Day

Franklin Park Zoo Stone Zoo

Sat., February 29, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Celebrate World Wildlife Day at Zoo New England! In honor of Leap Day, learn about species that have an extra spring in their step, like the Panamanian golden frog, red kangaroo, snow leopard, and ring-tailed lemur! Did you know snow leopards can leap down heights of 60 feet, or that red kangaroos can bound nearly 25 feet in a single jump? Learn about these species during special zookeeper chats and more!

Scheduled Zookeeper Chats

Franklin Park Zoo

Stone Zoo

Learn about our Leapers!

Learn more about just a few of the leapers you'll meet during your visit to our Zoos, and the conservation efforts we're involved in to save their species from extinction:

Panamanian Golden Frog

Because they're uniquely sensitive to environmental changes, amphibians’ well-being is directly tied to the health of their ecosystem. After thriving for more than 360 million years, one third to one half of the world’s approximately known 6,000 amphibian species could go extinct in our lifetime. The amphibian crisis has been called “the biggest mass extinction in the environment since the dinosaurs." Since 2006, Zoo New England has been committed to amphibian conservation efforts in Panama. Our institution is now helping to lead a consortium of partners to expand the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project. Learn more about our efforts to save this species from extinction.

Snow Leopards

Known as “ghosts of the mountain,” snow leopards are incredibly agile cats well adapted to the rugged rocky terrain of the Himalayas. Zoo New England is a Conservation Partner with the Snow Leopard Trust, the oldest and largest organization working to better understand snow leopard behavior and habitat. Through this 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. Learn more about our partnership.

Red Kangaroo

Did you know that the red kangaroo is the largest of all marsupials, with powerful legs that can propel it up to speeds of 40 miles per hour? These animals, which use their powerful tails for balance when they hop, can bound nearly 25 feet in a single jump! This fall, we were "hoppy" to introduce guests to the newest member of the kangaroo mob, Ruby! 

Ring-tailed Lemurs

Thanks to a collaboration between Zoo New England, San Diego Zoo, and Boston Children’s Hospital, animal-oriented stories like this one, where you'll learn more about Franklin Park Zoo's lemurs, are broadcasting in every hospital patient room and waiting area on the San Diego Zoo Kids channel. Learn more.

Event Sponsorship
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 Kevin Milhomme at or 617-989-2692 for more information.