Archive for April, 2009

The Scoop on Earth Day Activities on Sunday, April 26th (11am – 3pm)

Get creative with environmentally-friendly crafts.
Located at Beech Grove

Face Painting
Get your own whiskers or tiger stripes!
Located on the Greeting and at Beech Grove

Follow the tracks!
Create paw prints out of sidewalk chalk.
Located by the Kalahari Kitchen

Leaping into Action!
See exciting photographs of the Panamanian golden frog and other species and learn about amphibian conservation through photographs and a short film.
Located at the Hippo Theater, Tropical Forest

Education Stations
Meet Zoo educators and staff and learn about wildlife and conservation.
Located throughout the Zoo

No Child Left Inside Day
Learn about this important initiative and enjoy fun activities including an insect hunt, prairie dog observations and much more!
Located at the Meeting Barn (Children’s Zoo)

Visit with Zookeepers and learn about animal enrichment at the Zoo!

Keeper encounters:
11:00 a.m.—Bird’s World, Flamingo exhibit
12:00 p.m.—Giraffe Savannah
2:00 p.m.—Tropical Forest, indoor gorilla exhibit
3:00 p.m.—Children’s Zoo, Franklin Farm

Enrichment activities:
11:30 a.m. Tiger Exhibit — Watch Anala celebrate her 4th birthday! Our female tiger turns 4 on April 30, but we’re celebrating a few days early. She will receive a paper mache cake, paper mache globes, and bone shaped ice treats.

12:30 p.m. Kea Exhibit (Bird’s World) — Watch as the keas receive paper mache globes!

1:30 p.m. African Wild Dog Exhibit— Watch as the African wild dogs receive paper mache globes!


April 24, 2009 at 4:38 pm Leave a comment

A face only a mother could love…Boston’s most unusual looking baby is on exhibit at Franklin Park Zoo

Boston; April 21, 2009 – Visitors to Franklin Park Zoo’s Franklin Farm should be sure to take special note of one of the zoo’s newest residents – a barn owl chick.

The chick, hatched March 25 at the zoo, is the offspring of Morpheus and Athena. When barn owl chicks hatch they are helpless and covered with white down. They acquire adult-like plumage about 8 to 10 weeks after hatching.

“School vacation week is underway and we are seeing a lot of happy families enjoying the zoo. The zoo is a wonderful place for families to discover wildlife together – from more familiar animals such as lions and zebras to more unusual-looking animals like our barn owl chick – there is so much to see and discover,” said John Linehan, Zoo New England President and CEO.

Barn owls are the most widely distributed birds in the world, found on all continents except Antarctica. They can locate prey by sound alone and have been known to catch mice in complete darkness. The barn owl’s ears are different sizes with one located higher on the head than the other. This allows these birds to pinpoint where sound is coming from.

Chicks are typically fed by their parents for about the first two months of life. By around day 55, these young birds have the feathers necessary for flight. After learning the hunting skills needed to survive, the owls leave the nest. They are able to breed at about 10 months old.

April 21, 2009 at 5:08 pm Leave a comment

Franklin Park Zoo Celebrates the Birth of a Ring-Tailed Lemur

The baby is being hand-reared behind the scenes by Zoo staff.

Boston, Mass.; April 3, 2009 – Since the birth of ring-tailed lemur on February 18, the staff at Franklin Park Zoo’s Tropical Forest has been busy with an around-the-clock feeding schedule to care for the baby.

The lemur is being hand-raised behind the scenes because it was unable to nurse from its mother Lulu. Zoo New England’s animal care and veterinary staff prefer to have baby animals raised by their mothers, as they would be in the wild, but because the baby was unable to nurse hand-rearing was the best option for its survival.

“Our staff is skillfully hand-raising the baby lemur for at least the first four months of its life. The baby requires an extraordinary amount of time, care and attention,” said John Linehan, Zoo New England President and CEO. “We are hopeful that this baby will continue to thrive and that guests will soon be able to delight in this new addition when they visit the Tropical Forest.”

Franklin Park Zoo has six lemurs in its animal collection, including the new baby. The adults – Emily, Lulu, Nebuchadrezzer and Tango (the baby’s father) – are all exhibited in the Tropical Forest, along with Maki, who was born on April 25, 2008. Like the new baby, Maki, the first offspring of Lulu and Tango, was also hand-reared by zoo staff because he was unable to nurse from his mother. Maki is a true success story at the Zoo as he was successfully reintroduced to the lemur group.

ZNE participates in the Ring-tailed Lemur Species Survival Plan (SSP), which is a cooperative, inter-zoo program coordinated nationally through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. SSPs are designed to maintain a genetically diverse and demographically stable captive population.

Ring-tailed lemurs are listed as a vulnerable species with numbers ranging from 10,000 to 100,000 in their native Madagascar. These small primates are one of 22 species of lemurs, all of which share a common ancestry with Africa’s apes and monkeys.

ZNE has exhibited lemurs since the 1970s. Lemurs are noted for their wide-round eyes and their white and black, long banded tails. These animals, which are active during the day, inhabit dry brush, scrublands and closed canopy forests.

April 4, 2009 at 4:23 pm Leave a comment


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