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Saturday, May 8, 2021


Keeping Our World Wild: Caring for our shared future

Presented by Baystate Financial

6:00 p.m. Gala Program to benefit Zoo New England, honoring E.O. Wilson Living the Mission Award recipient Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & U. N. Messenger of Peace

6:30 p.m. Live Cocktail Reception with John Linehan, President & CEO

Zootopia, Zoo New England's annual fundraising gala, will virtually bring the Zoos to you for an inspiring evening this spring, featuring a special video message by E. O. Wilson Living the Mission Award honoree Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & U. N. Messenger of Peace. We invite you to join us as we celebrate the natural world with animal appearances, insider updates and a silent auction!

Visit our event page for more information and to join in the fun!

Tickets & Full Details

Your support of Zootopia 2021 directly benefits Zoo New England's Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo, and supports the Zoos' mission to save species from extinction, educate visitors about wildlife and habitats, and participate in vital conservation work both locally and globally.

Thank you to our sponsors and NBC10 Boston, necn anchor Latoyia Edwards and chief meteorologist Matt Noyes, who will be joining us again for this year's event!

For questions please contact

A look back at Zootopia 2020

In our 2020 virtual gala, online audiences enjoyed special videos from the Zoo. Our program included a video appearance by E. O. Wilson Living the Mission Award winner Dr. Charudutt Mishra, Executive Director of the Snow Leopard Trust and longtime conservation partner.



In addition to our virtual gala program, we hosted the following webinars (videos below):

  • Inspiring Caring and Action, hosted by John Anderson, Director of Education
  • Teaching the Next Generation of Conservation Stewards, hosted by Dr. Bryan Windmiller, Director of Conservation
  • One Health and the Importance of Biodiversity, hosted by Dr. Eric Baitchman, Zoo New England Vice President of Animal Health and Conservation; Lecturer on Pathology, Harvard Medical School
  • Zootopia Chat with John Linehan, CEO, and Bob Chabot, COO 



Our Commitment

While these are challenging and unprecedented times, we remain committed to our mission to protect and sustain the natural world for future generations. The well-being of the animals is at the core of the organization and unites the people who comprise it. The Zoos’ animal care staff is on grounds at Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo providing healthy diets, enrichment activities, veterinary care, and the human interaction our animals look forward to when the gates are open.