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Please note: On Wednesday April 24 at Franklin Park Zoo and Thursday, April 25 at Stone Zoo, volunteers, zoo employees and local emergency responders will take part in routine animal escape exercises. While the exercise is occurring, guests have the opportunity to participate in the evacuation portion, and may be asked to move to certain areas within the Zoo for a brief period of time (not to exceed 10 minutes). These exercises are an important part of our preparedness training, and we appreciate your participation and understanding. If you have any questions about what to expect, please don't hesitate to contact us at 617-989-2000 or

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Living treasures that grace our Earth—from rhinos and polar bears to tropical orchids—are at risk of disappearing. Equally threatened are many little-known animals and plants that live in your state, your town, or even your own backyard. Our mission is to preserve rare and declining species while teaching about the wonders of nature. Come join us outside, roll up your sleeves, and help ensure that future generations can enjoy hands-on experiences with our 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.

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Turtle Conservation

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

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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!

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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.

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!



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