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By adamg - 5/26/20 - 2:33 pm

Zoo New England is announcing that both its zoos will re-open their outdoor exhibits to the general public on June 4 - but that you'll have to first go online to buy timed tickets in advance - no more just showing up. Also, you'll have to wear a facial covering, follow a one-way path through the exhibits and stay six feet away from other groups. Read more.

By adamg - 5/11/20 - 4:42 pm
Cop and peackock

An unflappable Boston cop managed to wing it and outwit a large but bird-brained runaway from the Franklin Park Zoo today, luring a truant peacock back into captivity with the help of his department-issued smartphone. Read more.

By adamg - 11/30/19 - 7:45 pm

The Franklin Park Zoo reports that Gigi, a 47-year-old lowland gorilla, was euthanized this morning after suffering from a number of health conditions that had worsened in recent days. Read more.

By adamg - 5/27/19 - 9:51 am

Masshole Mommy takes us on a tour of the zoo's latest exhibit - of large statues of various insects.

By adamg - 4/27/19 - 2:17 pm
Large fallen branch in Franklin Park

Velospeed shows the aftermath of half a tree falling on a tent at Franklin Park Zoo shortly after 1 p.m., reports at least one person hurt.

WBZ reports a woman was taken to Brigham and Women's with minor injuries.

By adamg - 9/26/17 - 12:48 pm

Fester the Corpse Flower is getting ready to bloom in the Franklin Park Zoo's tropical-forest exhibit.

Fester is one of seven corpse flowers at Franklin Park Zoo. The other plants are currently off exhibit in the Zoo’s greenhouse. This will be Fester’s third bloom; he previously bloomed in 2012 and 2014.

By adamg - 8/29/17 - 11:40 am

A Baird's tapir baby is on the way!

Zoo New England reports that Abby, a Baird's tapir is pregnant and that an ultrasound shows the baby is doing fine, too.

By adamg - 8/4/16 - 6:35 pm
Baby giraffe at Franklin Park Zoo

Photo by Zoo New England.

Zoo New England reports the Franklin Park Zoo giraffe baby rushed to the Tufts animal hospital when it wasn't doing too well after its July 24 birth got well enough to be returned to the zoo. Read more.

By adamg - 7/29/16 - 9:07 am

Zoo New England reports a giraffe calf born late Sunday was transported to Tuft's Cummings Veterinary Medical Center in Grafton. Read more.

By adamg - 11/20/15 - 10:18 pm

Veterinarians gathered at the Franklin Park Zoo today for a physical for Kitombe, a western lowland gorilla at the zoo. Zoo New England reports the physical went well once Kitombe was anesthetized for the protection of both patient and veterinarians. Read more.

By adamg - 6/7/15 - 11:04 pm

Jef Taylor, who works at the Franklin Park Zoo, shows us the nest a pair of house sparrows built in a weed trimmer stored in a zoo tool cage:

Nest components: grasses, trash, flamingo feathers.

By adamg - 5/12/15 - 7:39 am
Dinari and Kamaia - new lions at the Franklin Park Zoo

The Franklin Park Zoo announced yesterday it's obtained two lions to replace Christopher, who died of old age last month. Read more.

By adamg - 4/9/15 - 2:48 pm
Christopher the Lion at Franklin Park Zoo

Zoo New England announced today that Christopher the Lion has died. He was 21.

Christopher, born in Florida, had lived at Franklin Park since 2001 - and exceeded the average lifespan of a lion in captivity by more than four years.

In a statement, Zoo New England President John Linehan said:

By adamg - 10/10/14 - 4:47 pm

Zoo New England announced today somebody who wants to stay anonymous has given $1 million towards the cost of building a new "Nature's Neighborhoods" children's zoo in Franklin Park.

Zoo New England had already raised $5.65 million in pledges towards the cost of the new children's zoo, announced earlier this year as a more interactive series of exhibits to introduce kids to animals and the environments they live in.

The anonymous gift is the largest single gift in Zoo New England's history.

By adamg - 3/17/14 - 3:14 pm
Part of the new children's zoo at Franklin Park

Rendering by Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc./Main Street Design /Coyle & Caron, LLC.

Zoo New England and city officials today announced plans for a new $6.6-million children's zoo that will feature a number of outdoor animal exhibits and both indoor and outdoor classroom spaces to introduce kids to animals and the environments they live in.

Mayor Walsh was on hand for the announcement, which included news that the city's George Robert White Fund is kicking in $3 million towards the cost of construction. Zoo officials said they have already raised another $1.5 million.

By adamg - 10/12/13 - 1:53 pm

Jef Taylor introduces us to nut weevils, like the one he found inside the Franklin Park Zoo's library the other day.

Adults seek out acorns still on the tree, use their preposterous proboscis to drill through the nut shell, and feed on the meat inside. Females lay their eggs into these holes, and the legless larvae hatch and live within. The larva is somewhat protected by the seed shell, but a nut is no real obstacle to a squirrel, who will happily eat a fat weevil grub. One study showed that gray squirrels immediately consumed weevil-infested acorns 3/4 of the time they were available.

By adamg - 7/13/12 - 11:25 am

On the other hand, traffic along Blue Hill Avenue by the entrance to the Franklin Park Zoo is a complete mess today.

By adamg - 6/21/12 - 7:46 am

Mike Ball stood in line at the Franklin Park Zoo yesterday to take a gander at Morticia the Corpse Flower; pauses a moment to ponder the remains of Fester the Corpse Flower.

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