​Due to high traffic volume on our website, the wait time to purchase tickets may be higher than usual. We thank you for your patience.

Boston Lights Sold Out Dates:
-All September dates
-October 1-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 30 and 31


Please purchase tickets for another night here.

 

Know Before You Go:
• 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 review our Re-Opening FAQs (FPZ and SZ) before your visit.
• Members:​ Online reservations are required for your visit.

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All About Animals

Create Animal Enrichment

Animals in the wild spend lots of time and energy finding food, building homes, defending their territories and escaping predators. Since most of these resources are provided for Zoo animals, we offer creative ways for them to use their natural energy. That’s where enrichment comes in!

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Environmental enrichment encourages animals to use their natural abilities and behaviors to interact with their environment. Some creatures like to stalk and chase their prey, while others prefer burrowing underground to hide. Here at the Zoo, we create activities that stimulate the senses and encourage this natural behavior.

Make your own puzzle box


Though your house cat may be 400 pounds smaller than our lions and tiger, domestic and big cats have similar needs. Both creatures have a natural instinct to hunt for their food, so creating enrichment activities that encourage cats’ curiosity and hunting skills are purr-fect for your feline friend. Here's how!

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Materials

  • Empty cardboard box (tissue or cereal box)
  • Scissors
  • Cat treats or toys
  • Optional: nontoxic paint, markers, ribbons 
  • Cat!

 

materialsSteps

  • Seal the box's ends.
  • Get creative! Add some color with nontoxic paint, crayon or marker.
  • Cut shapes into the top of box. Keep shapes big enough for a cat's paw, but small enough to make it challenging for your cat to get the treat!
  • Drop a few treats or a favorite toy into the puzzle box.
  • Bring on the beast!

 

Learn more about animal enrichment at Zoo New England!

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