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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 info@zoonewengland.org.

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cotton-top tamarins

Cotton-top tamarins

Eric Kilby

Species Survival Plans

Zoos and aquariums play a leading role in preserving animal populations across the globe. Zoo New England is an active participant in a number of Species Survival Plans (SSP), aimed at managing and conserving typically threatened or endangered animal populations.

In cooperation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), each SSP carefully manages the breeding of species --maintaining population Studbooks and Breeding and Transfer Plans-- to maintain a genetically healthy and demographically stable captive population. Public education, research and partnerships with scientists in the field are vital components in any potential reintroduction program.

By sharing research and knowledge, participating institutions work together to establish guidelines that best ensure the health of captive populations, and with success, the survival of endangered species.

Zoo New England participates in the following SSPs:

African painted dog
Andean condor
Azure-winged magpie
Bali mynah
Bennett's wallaby
Black-naped fruit dove
Blanding's turtle
Blue-bellied roller
Boat-billed heron
Brazilian agouti
Burrowing owl
Canada lynx
Cape porcupine
Caribbean flamingo
Chacoan peccary
Cotton-top tamarin
DeBrazza's monkey
Fennec fox
Giant anteater
Golden-breasted starling
Greater roadrunner
Green aracari
Guereza colobus
Hadada ibis
Hamerkop
Hartmann's mountain zebra
Hyacinth macaw
Inca tern
Jaguar
Jamaican iguana
Laughing kookaburra
Linne's two-toed sloth
Lion
Marbled teal duck
Masai giraffe
Mexican gray wolf (potential SAFE species)
North American porcupine
North American river otter
Ocelot
Panamanian Golden Frog (Ahogado)
Prehensile-tailed porcupine
Prehensile-tailed skink
Pygmy hippopotamus
Red and yellow barbet
Red kangaroo
Red panda (fulgens)
Red panda (refulgens)
Red river hog
Red-breasted goose
Red-crested turaco
Reeve's muntjac
Rhinoceros hornbill
Ringtail
Ring-tailed lemur
Rock hyrax
Saddle-billed stork
Scaly-sided merganser
Scarlet ibis
Snow leopard
Spotted hyena
Spotted turtle
Sunbittern
Tawny frogmouth
Violet turaco
Warthog
Wattled crane
Western lowland gorilla
White-cheeked gibbon
White-naped crane
Whooping crane (potential SAFE species)
Yellow-rumped cacique