Skip main navigation

Our Zoos will be closed for all-staff events on the following dates:
Tuesday, Feb. 7: Stone Zoo Closed  •  Thursday, Feb. 9: Franklin Park Zoo Closed
We hope to see you on another day!

Close menu


Franklin Park Zoo

June 10, 6:30 p.m.

Save the date for Zootopia 2023 at Franklin Park Zoo!

Tickets and sponsorship packages will be available soon. Check back for updates!

At Zootopia, Zoo New England's annual fundraising gala, the evening begins with a cocktail reception and auction followed by a spectacular dinner and dancing. During the cocktail reception, guests have the opportunity to meet some of the Zoos’ education program animals and stroll through the Zoo.

Event proceeds help further the Zoos’ mission to inspire and educate the next generation of conservation stewards and leaders.

Please contact Kim Hodlin at 617-259-7077 or with any questions.

Submit your nominations for the Young Conservationist Award

Do you know an outstanding youth who is an advocate for wildlife and conservation? Nominate them for the Young Conservationist Award!

Submit a Nomination

As part of the Zootopia celebration, we're excited to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Young Conservationist Award.

The nominated youth should be enrolled in grades 3 through 12, have demonstrated a positive commitment to conservation at large and/or Zoo New England’s mission, and have engaged in some outstanding action to support this. 

The award, which includes a $2,500 scholarship, will be presented at the Zootopia gala to further the recipient's project, conservation work and education. The winner and two adults will receive complimentary tickets to Zootopia to participate in the awards ceremony.

Nominations for the Young Conservationist Award are being accepted through Friday, April 7, 2023 at 5pm. Please email questions to

A look back at Zootopia 2022:


Together, we raised over $700,000 to protect and sustain the natural world for future generations. The event lived up to its theme - Climbing to New Heights - in many ways:

  • Phenomenal fundraising for Zoo New England's programs - we raised a record-setting $706,660 and counting!
  • The Wild Things, Zoo New England's emerging leaders group, stepped up to offer their first challenge gift for our Fund-A-Need Auction, which was matched and raised $8,500 critical dollars for animal care, education, and conservation initiatives.
  • Nearly 350 guests rocked their best animal-inspired attire for the gala's return to Franklin Park Zoo after 15 years.
  • We honored the impressive "Kid Conservationist" Jack Dalton with this year's Young Conservationist Award for his efforts to save orangutans.