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Preserving Living Treasures in Our Own Backyard and Beyond:
Field Conservation at Zoo New England

In our increasingly crowded and busy world, many of the wondrous living treasures that grace our Earth—from rhinos and polar bears to tropical orchids—are at risk of disappearing. Equally threatened are many of the beautiful and little-known animals and plants that live in your state, your town, or perhaps your own backyard.

Our mission is to work with you to help preserve some of our rare and declining species while teaching you about the diversity and wonder of the natural world around you. Come outside with us, roll up your sleeves, and help make sure that generations to come will, like you, delight in hands-on experiences with our rarer wild neighbors.

News from the Field

Check out the latest from our Field Conservation Blog:

Projects & Resources 

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Join the Conservation Society

Get a front-row seat to conservation beyond the Zoo, as well as the chance to jump in and lend a hand.

blanding's turtle

Turtle Conservation

We’re working to protect five native species of turtles at over a dozen sites around Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

marbled salamander

Amphibian Conservation

Locally, ZNE is working to monitor and restore populations of rare amphibians and the vernal pool habitat they depend on.

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Franklin Park Biodiversity Project

We're monitoring native and invasive species to develop a better understanding of how they can coexist in an urban landscape and prevent further population declines. Community collaboration is encouraged!

New England blazing star

New England Blazing Star and Native Pollinators

Native pollinator species are on the decline due to habitat loss. We're helping to bring back rare wildflowers on conservation land around Middlesex county.

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Fish Conservation

There are tiny fish with big problems, and ZNE is working to protect several populations here in Massachusetts.

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Protecting Habitats with the Motus Wildlife Tracking System

We've collaborated with the Massachusetts Audubon Society to track and ultimately save wildlife using the Motus Wildlife Tracking System.



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Boston Area City Nature Challenge

Boston Area City Nature Challenge

The Boston City Nature Challenge is an international effort to find and document plants and wildlife in cities across the globe. Join us!