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• In order 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 be sure to review the following Re-Opening FAQs for FPZ and SZ before your visit.
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Saturday, May 9, 2020

THANK YOU to everyone who helped make this year’s virtual Zootopia, presented by Citizens Bank, a success! Even in these uncertain times, the generosity of our Zoo family continues to amaze us. All proceeds from Zootopia go directly toward Zoo New England’s All For Our Animals Fund to provide critical care for the nearly 2,000 animals that call Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo home.

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About Zootopia 2020

In this year's 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 (view 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.

"Living the Mission" Award Recipient, Dr. Charudutt Mishra

Zoo New England was honored to present the new E.O. Wilson Living the Mission Award to Dr. Charudutt Mishra in recognition of his deep commitment to conservation and biodiversity, both of which are at the heart of Zoo New England’s mission. Dr. Mishra is Executive Director of the Snow Leopard Trust which works in five key countries that are together home to 75 percent of the wild snow leopard population (India, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and China). The organization also supports a high level inter-governmental conservation alliance of all 12 snow leopard range countries. Zoo New England has been a longtime partner of The Snow Leopard Trust, the largest and oldest organization working solely to save these amazing animals.

Prior to becoming executive director, Dr. Mishra served as the Science and Conservation Director of the Snow Leopard Trust, responsible for guiding research and conservation programs in snow leopard range countries of Asia. He is a Founder Trustee of the Nature Conservation Foundation, and has served on the editorial boards of the journals Animal Conservation, Oryx, and IOP SCiNotes. He serves on the winner selection panel of the Whitley Awards, and is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Cat and Caprinae Specialist Groups. His book on community-based conservation has been adopted into a training program for conservationists worldwide.

Last year, Dr. E.O. Wilson was the first to receive this award in our efforts to acknowledge his tremendous impact upon our globe. It lives on in his name for Zoo New England. Widely recognized as one of the world's preeminent biologists and naturalists, Dr. E.O. Wilson has devoted his life to studying, understanding and preserving the planet’s incredible biodiversity.

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For more information, please contact Nicole Sheehan via email at or call 617-379-5190.